A dead end road that
serves an industrial park will soon become a major through route,
relieving nearby roads of heavy truck traffic. Salzman Road will
be extended from its current terminus northward to Todhunter
Road where it will tie in at the Yankee Road west intersection.
Yankee currently doglegs east on Todhunter and then south to
Ohio 63, crossing a railroad in the process and forcing large
semi-trucks to negotiate two sharp 90-degree turns.
Once Salzman Road is
connected and aligned with the north section of Yankee Road,
motorists will have a straight route between Todhunter and Ohio
63. This will provide much easier access to the commercial and
industrial portions of Monroe and Middletown, lending a positive
impact on the local economy. It will also pull heavy truck traffic
off of nearby Yankee Road where it passes the Monroe school campus.
Development and Construction
The Salzman Road Extension
is a project of the Butler County Transportation Improvement
District (BCTID), which coordinated design and secured its funding.
David Spinney, BCTID Executive Director, was pleased with the
high level of local, regional, and state support. "There
was no opposition to this project from public or private entities,"
he said. "We're grateful to ODOT's Division of Jobs and
Commerce, as well as OKI and our local communities for their
support and financial contributions."
Monroe City Manager
William Brock is very pleased with the TID's work to bring the
Salzman Road Extension to this point. "The project represents
an important piece of the overall infrastructure plan of the
City with the major goal of separating industrial and school
traffic," he said. "The effort and cooperation by the
TID, the City of Middletown, and the land owners working toward
this project with us shows how we all can work together to benefit
the area as a whole. We are excited that this can occur by the
end of the year and that we can springboard off of this project
to open up opportunities for economic growth in the area."
Middletown Public Works
Director Scott Tadych added "The City of Middletown is excited
to see this project coming to fruition. This is a critical piece
of infrastructure to the South Middletown area that will benefit
existing and future commercial and industrial development by
providing direct access to State Route 63. The City of Middletown
appreciates the effort and cooperation by the TID, City of Monroe,
and the Butler County Engineer's Office along with the financial
support of OKI and ODOT Jobs and Commerce to make this mutually
beneficial project happen."
Spinney noted that
the Salzman Road Extension has been identified as a needed project
in the County Engineer's long range Thoroughfare Plan since 1994.
It is also included in Middletown and Monroe's comprehensive
The Butler County Engineer's
Office (BCEO) will manage construction, which gets under way
this week. Utility relocations will comprise most of the early
work before actual road construction begins.
A construction contract
was awarded to Kelchner of Springboro, Ohio which submitted a
low bid of $1,817,258. Funding for the project consists of Federal
money from the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments
(OKI) and State money from the Ohio Department of Transportation
(ODOT). The cities of Middletown and Monroe will provide local
matching funds to the Federal portion.
All work is scheduled
for completion by December 31, 2017, weather permitting.
No road closures are
anticipated with this project since it is a new roadway extension.
There may be some lane closures or short-duration intersection
closures at Todhunter and Yankee Road for utility work and when
tie-in of the new extension occurs.
Motorists are encouraged
to check the Road Closings
page here on the BCEO web site as the best source for possible
closures or advisories concerning this project.
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For more information
L. Spinney, BCTID Executive Director
Phone 513.785.3452 Fax 513.785.3444
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S.,
Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 Fax 513.867.5849