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* News Release *
 
Friday, May 9, 1997
For Immediate Release

UNION CENTRE BLVD UPDATE
TID Partnership

Butler County Engineer Dean C. Foster reports that full construction of the Union Centre Boulevard interchange in Union Township is now underway. The BCEO is managing this much anticipated project for the Transportation Improvement District (TID).

Piles have been driven in preparation for pouring the pier footers in the I-75 median. Next Wednesday, May 14, is the target date for the pour. Additionally, dirt is now being moved into place for the bridge embankment on I-75's east side. By late next week workers will begin to drive piling for the bridge abutment on the west side. Bridge beams and all materials for signalization and signing are being ordered so everything will arrive by mid-summer.

The interchange will link the new Union Centre Boulevard from Cincinnati Dayton Road on the east to Beckett Road on the west. Schumacher Dugan Construction of Union Township will fund construction of the west portion of the new roadway.

The County Engineer's Office is managing the TID-funded interchange project as it did the Ohio 747 / Tylersville Road intersection upgrade last year. As state and federal road construction dollars become increasingly more scarce, the Butler County Engineer's Office fully supports new funding alternatives. In Butler County, one of those alternatives is the TID, which primarily covers southeast corner of the County.

Innovative financing is the key to speeding up construction of much-needed projects for which traditional funding methods have been difficult, since most local, state, and federal budgets are already stretched. The legislation that was passed in 1993 authorizing creation of the TID to help fund specific projects such as the Union Centre Boulevard interchange, the Butler Regional Highway, and the widening of Ohio 747, set up the opportunity to partner with the TID. This partnership can help facilitate construction of many projects that will improve our infrastructure system for the safety of the motoring public.

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