A significant roadway
improvement to Cincinnati Dayton Road in West Chester Township
is slated to get under way starting June 14. According to Butler
County Engineer Greg Wilkens, the road will be widened to add
capacity and smooth out traffic flow through Olde West Chester,
enhancing motorist and pedestrian safety.
"This is a project
that's been in the works for a number of years," Wilkens
said. "The Engineer's Office partnered with West Chester
Township to coordinate with local businesses and residents in
the project area. Everyone had the same goals -- to make the
area safer for motorists and pedestrians while enhancing the
aesthetics and business climate of Olde West Chester. We appreciate
everyone's involvement and hard work. Many ideas and feedback
from our interaction were incorporated into the final project
Overview and Need
There is a need to
widen Cincinnati Dayton Road to accommodate existing and projected
traffic, reduce roadway congestion, and improve motorist and
pedestrian safety. Specifically, the project will include:
- Widening 1.1 miles
of Cincinnati Dayton Road from two to four lanes from West Chester
Road north to near the I-75 ramps. The resulting roadway will
be two northbound lanes, a center turn lane for safety, and one
- Realignment of Station
Road slightly to the south of the existing alignment to improve
geometrics at the LeSourdsville West Chester Road / Cincinnati
Dayton Road intersection.
- Widening the Cincinnati
Dayton Road bridge over the East Fork Mill Creek.
- Replacing the Station
Road bridge over the East Fork Mill Creek.
- Constructing curbs
and new ADA-compliant sidewalks on both sides of Cincinnati Dayton
- Installation of a
new closed storm sewer system.
This project is included
in the Butler County Engineer's 2007 long range Thoroughfare
Plan and supports West Chester Township's community and economic
development goals by improving traffic mobility and safety to
areas of ongoing development.
"Olde West Chester
is one of the longest continually operating business districts
in the community and new investment continues to revitalize the
district while maintaining its character. This project addresses
motorist and pedestrian access and safety, but also demonstrates
a commitment to preserve and invest in the future success of
Olde West Chester. Sidewalks, roadway improvements to enhance
travel, new lighting and a pocket park will all further define
this corridor and re-imagine its historic roots," said Township
Administrator Larry D. Burks. "Roadway construction projects
are always impactful to those in its path. We hope the community
continues to support the small businesses of Olde West Chester
during this time and the patience of all involved is greatly
A construction contract
for the project has been awarded to Barrett Paving Materials,
Inc. of Middletown which submitted a low bid of $7,793,109. The
BCEO secured Federal grant money to pay for the majority of construction.
West Chester Township will provide local matching funds.
All work is scheduled
for completion by fall 2019, weather permitting.
Phasing, Closures, Maintenance of Traffic
Various utility crews
have been working in the area for over a year to relocate above
and below ground utilities, including electric, phone, and cable
lines, plus water and gas mains. Once actual construction gets
under way, the project will be built in two overlapping phases:
- Phase 1 - Start: June 14, 2018.
Construction from West Chester Road to Station Road including
the Station Road realignment and bridge replacement. Suspend
for the winter: December 2018.
- Phases 1 &
2 - Start:
spring 2019. Resume Phase 1 and begin Phase 2 from Station Road
to just south of the I-75 interchange. Complete: fall 2019.
NOTE: While project construction
is suspended for the winter, utility work will continue in the
Traffic will be maintained
along Cincinnati Dayton Road and all side streets throughout
the project's duration, although motorists may encounter occasional
delays. Access will be maintained to all businesses and residents;
however, commuting motorists are encouraged to utilize alternate
routes in an effort to ease congestion in the work zone.
It will be necessary
to close Station Road just east of Cincinnati Dayton for the
bridge replacement beginning later this summer. Approximate dates
for this closure are August 6 through mid-November.
Motorists are encouraged
to check the Road Closings / Traffic
Advisories page here on the BCEO web site for phasing dates
and status changes concerning this project. Also, visit WestChesterOH.org to access construction
stories from local businesses, history notes about Olde West
Chester, and more.
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For more information
Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S.,
Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 Fax 513.867.5849