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* News Release *
 
Thursday, March 20, 1997
For Immediate Release

UNION TOWNSHIP PROJECT UPDATE

Beckett Road closes March 31

Butler County Engineer Dean C. Foster reports that improvements will begin on Beckett Road just south of Tylersville Road beginning Monday, March 31, 1997. The road will be closed to through traffic between Tylersville Road and Smith Road while a culvert is replaced and vertical adjustments are made to the roadway. Traffic will be detoured onto State Route 747 during the closure. The road is expected to reopen the week of May 5, but widening of the existing lanes and berms will continue until mid-June.

The contract for the project was awarded to W.G. Stang, Inc. of Hamilton, which submitted a low bid of $192,976. This is the final phase of a three-part project to improve Beckett Road between Tylersville and Smith Roads. Phase one of the project consisted of a complete reconstruction of the intersection at Tylersville, including the addition of turn lanes and signals. Phase two included two bridge replacements and widening and repaving the roadway north of Smith Road.

Tylersville Road at LeSourdsville West Chester Road One-lane Closures

Due to the massive number and complexity of utility relocations associated with this project, actual construction has been rescheduled for 1998, including full closure of the intersection. However, there will be plenty of activity at the intersection this year.

Beginning Monday, March 24 crews will install new water lines across Tylersville Road and LeSourdsville West Chester Road. This will result in occasional one-lane closures for approximately one month. At least one lane of traffic will be maintained at all times by flaggers.

Demolition of three buildings at the intersection is scheduled to begin in July, followed by additional telephone, gas, electric, and cable relocations. A large gas main will have to be lowered resulting in a possible closure of Tylersville Road for approximately one week in October.

Upon completion of all utility work, actual reconstruction of the intersection will begin in March 1998. This will result in a full closure of the entire intersection. The project includes improvements to the horizontal and vertical alignments (cutting down the intersection five to ten feet and realigning the approaches), plus adding turn lanes on all four approaches and signals.

Tylersville Road At Kennesaw Drive Set For Late Summer

This project is actually part of the same contract as Tylersville at LeSourdsville West Chester, but is much less complex than its sister project a half mile to the west. Numerous utility relocations will take place beginning April 1 with construction set to begin in August.

Left turn lanes will be added to Tylersville Road and signals will be installed. Removal of a small knob west of the intersection will likely result in a one to two week closure of Tylersville Road in August or September. Work is expected to be completed by early October.

The estimated construction cost for both intersection projects is $1.4 million. The Butler County Engineer's Office leveraged State Issue 2 money to help fund 80 to 90 percent of these projects. BCEO revenues will provide the required local match.

Construction Dates

It is important to remember that all dates are subject to change due to prolonged periods of inclement weather, unforeseen utility problems, and material delivery delays. The County Engineer's Office will make every effort to keep the public and the media up to date on these critical projects.

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