May 31, 2016:
Project rescheduled to begin on June 20, 2016. Original news
The next in a phased
series of improvements to Liberty Fairfield Road will get under
way May 31, reports Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens. Plans
call for widening the road between Millikin Road and Randall
Drive from its current two-lane configuration to three lanes.
The improved roadway will consist of one thru lane in each direction
with a center left turn lane. A culvert and water main will also
be replaced in conjunction with this project.
Motorists may have
already noticed work crews during recent weeks performing utility
relocations in preparation for actual road construction. Once
the project begins motorists should consider using alternate
routes. While the road will officially remain open throughout
the majority of the construction phase, high traffic volumes
along this stretch of road could lead to significant delays,
particularly at rush hour. This increased traffic and the desire
to make the road safer are driving factors behind the project,
according to Wilkens:
"There is a need
to increase the level of service by providing more efficient
traffic flow. Retail and residential development in the surrounding
area has placed an increased demand on Liberty Fairfield Road,
which is designated a major collector / minor arterial along
its various stretches. This is a significant north-south route
that feeds and collects from many other roads and subdivision
streets in eastern Butler County."
Fairfield Road Ongoing Improvements
This widening project
is one of many improvements to Liberty Fairfield Road in recent
- A new bridge over
the Great Miami River was completed in 2009 and still stands
as the most expensive bridge project ever on the County road
- In 2013, Liberty Fairfield
was improved from Princeton Road south to the roundabout at Hamilton
Mason Road, which was installed in 2008.
- Also in 2013, a major
upgrade to the intersection at Ohio 4 added turn lanes, increased
capacity, and upgraded signals.
- Liberty Fairfield
Road was widened from two lanes to five lanes between Ohio 4
and the Great Miami River bridge in 2014.
A construction contract
for the current project has been awarded to the John R. Jurgensen
Company of Cincinnati which submitted a low bid of $1,876,518.
Funding consists of Federal grant money and local Butler County
All work is scheduled
for completion by mid-November, weather permitting.
of Traffic and 3-Day Culvert Closure
Liberty Fairfield Road
will remain open to thru traffic throughout most of the construction
period; however, occasional lane closures may cause significant
delays. Flaggers will be present to facilitate movement of traffic
during these periods but motorists are strongly encouraged to
consider alternate routes.
Local access will be
maintained for residents of Liberty Fairfield Road within the
construction zone as well as for side streets, including Hickory
Glen Drive, Carthel Drive, and Angie Court. Residents of these
subdivisions are advised to utilize alternate access into and
out their subdivisions if available in order to minimize as much
as possible the amount of traffic in the Liberty Fairfield construction
There will be a brief
period of approximately three days during which a culvert replacement
will require complete closure of Liberty Fairfield Road between
Millikin Road and Hickory Glen Drive. During this period residents
south of the culvert should access their homes from the Millikin
Road side. Residents north of the culvert will approach from
the Ohio 4 side. While the estimated timeline for the culvert
closure is sometime in late June, the exact dates are not yet
known. A separate posting on our web site and news release will
be issued once these dates become available. During this closure
the posted detour will be as follows:
Fairfield Road traffic will detour west on Millikin Road and
northeast on Ohio 4 to Liberty Fairfield. Southbound traffic
will reverse this route.
Motorists are encouraged
to check the Road Closings / Traffic
Advisories page here on the BCEO web site as the best source
for possible date and status changes concerning this project.