is coming to a major Butler County intersection this spring.
Work gets under way next week on the County's fifteenth modern
roundabout, this one at Beckett and Smith Roads in West Chester
The project involves
construction of a single lane roundabout with curb and gutter,
lighting, and storm sewers. Additionally, a multi-use path for
pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be constructed along the
north side of the new roundabout, connecting to an existing path
at nearby Beckett Ridge Boulevard.
Date versus Closure Date
begins next Tuesday, the intersection won't officially close
until March 5 after a temporary access road has been built to
enable residents of the Beckett Meadows Condominiums to enter
and exit their complex. "In order to build the roundabout
it will be necessary to close all four legs of the intersection,"
said Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens. "This includes
the private Beckett Meadows Drive which is the only official
access to this neighborhood. So, Spring Valley Court will be
temporarily extended out to Smith Road to allow residents continuous
access during construction. Once this temporary road is built
we will be able to close the Beckett / Smith intersection."
and Busy 2018 Construction Season
Wilkens noted that
"with this project we will build our fifteenth modern roundabout,
but numbers 16 and 17 are also coming this year. These figures
don't include city roundabouts or small neighborhood traffic
circles by the way. The Engineer's Office also plans to construct
roundabouts this year at Hamilton Mason Road and LeSourdsville
West Chester Road as well as at the Yankee / Millikin Road intersection.
It's going to be another busy construction season in Butler County.
Motorists will want to follow our web site for traffic, detour,
and construction updates. As always, we appreciate everyone's
A construction contract
for the Beckett at Smith roundabout was awarded to Ford Development
Corporation of Cincinnati which submitted the lowest qualifying
bid at $996,090. Funding will consist of a federal grant and
West Chester Township TIF money. The project is scheduled for
completion by mid-June, weather permitting.
/ Smith Road Closing and Maintenance of Traffic
Construction will begin
Tuesday, February 27; however, the intersection won't close until
Monday, March 5 after a temporary access road has been built
to allow access to the Beckett Meadows Condominium complex. Effective
March 5, all legs of the Beckett Road / Smith Road intersection,
including the private Beckett Meadows Drive, will close for the
During this closure,
local access will be maintained for residents, businesses, and
emergency vehicles up to the project limits, but motorists will
not be permitted to pass through the actual construction zone.
Detours will be posted for all thru traffic.
The intersection is
tentatively scheduled to reopen the week of June 11, 2018.
Detour for Beckett
Beckett Road traffic will detour west on Union Centre Boulevard,
north on Ohio 747, and east on Tylersville Road to Beckett. Southbound traffic will reverse
Detour for Smith
Road: All Smith
Road traffic will be detoured west on Smith to Ohio 747.
Detour for Beckett
Meadows Drive: Private
Beckett Meadows Drive will be closed at the Beckett Road / Smith
Road intersection. Residents of Beckett Meadows Condominiums
will be required to enter and exit via a temporary extension
of Spring Valley Court to Smith Road.
Note about Beckett
The Beckett Ridge Boulevard intersection at Beckett Road will
remain open during construction; however, Beckett Road will only
be accessible to the southeast.
Motorists are encouraged
to check the Road Closings
page here on the BCEO web site as the best source for possible
date and status changes concerning this closure.