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* News Release *
Monday, February 5, 2018
For Immediate Release

Five Lanes From Princeton Road to Millikin Road
Liberty Township

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens announces the start of an extensive roadway improvement to Ohio 747 in Liberty Township. This major safety project will widen the heavily traveled two-lane stretch of road to five lanes -- two northbound, two southbound, and a center turn lane -- from Princeton Road to Millikin Road, a distance of 1.1 miles. Right turn lanes will be added on northbound 747 to eastbound Princeton Road and on eastbound Millikin Road to southbound 747. The project also includes construction of a shared-use path and sidewalks along both sides of the roadway. Additionally, curb and gutter will be added, signals and storm sewers upgraded, and several culverts will be replaced.

Construction will take place while maintaining the current two lanes of traffic a majority of the time. Work is expected to get under way next week and will be completed by mid-September, weather permitting. The project was originally slated to begin last fall but was delayed due to utility relocation issues.

Benefits and Inter-Agency Collaboration

"This is essentially the next phase of widening Ohio 747 northward to accommodate increasing traffic volumes that have resulted from continued development in Liberty Township," Wilkens said. "The increased safety and capacity benefits from this project are significant. The Engineer's Office is happy to be partnering with ODOT in an effort to facilitate its construction."

Butler County has a history of collaboration with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to expedite needed improvements on state-maintained highways. The BCEO and the Butler County TID have each partnered in the past with ODOT as well as the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana (OKI) Regional Council of Governments and the townships to secure funds for various sections of Ohio 747 and other state roads and intersections.

A construction contract for the project has been awarded to Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. of Middletown which submitted a low bid of $7,044,984. Funding consists of Federal money plus local Liberty Township and BCEO funds.

Maintenance of Traffic

Two lanes of traffic will be maintained at all times with the exception of a 3-day weekend closure for a culvert replacement. Those dates have not yet been determined. There will also be occasional lane shifts on 747 to accommodate removal of old pavement and move traffic onto permanent pavement. Access to businesses and side streets will be maintained throughout the course of the project; however, a 30-day closure of Willow Ridge Drive for drainage, curb, and pavement tie-in will be necessary. This closure is most likely to occur in mid-spring.

Motorists may encounter occasional delays through the construction zone and are encouraged to find alternate routes in an effort to reduce possible congestion.

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.

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849

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