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* News Release *
Tuesday, July 29, 1997
For Immediate Release


Butler County Engineer Dean C. Foster and ODOT District 8 Deputy Director Michael C. Flynn announce the start of construction on the much anticipated State Route 747 widening in Union Township. This major safety improvement will widen S.R. 747 to four lanes from Ashley Drive to just south of Smith Road.

On July 23, the Ohio Department of Transportation awarded the construction contract to L.P. Cavett, Co., of Cincinnati, which submitted a low bid of $3,029,000. Federal funds will be used to pay for approximately 80 percent of the project, with state and local funds making up the balance. The Butler County Engineer's Office was responsible for preliminary design and engineering of the project, which is expected to be completed by August 1998.

A portion of this project was actually completed in 1994 when a new bridge was installed over Mill Creek at the railroad tracks just north of Port Union Road. The bridge cost $941,300.

This year's widening is phase two in a series of projects designed to improve 747 from the county line north to the proposed Butler Regional Highway. ODOT and the BCEO partnered to complete phase one as well as phase two. The first phase was completed in the Fall of 1990. That project cost $3,944,000 and widened 1.2 miles of S.R. 747 from Crescentville Road to Ashley Drive.

Funding for the remaining phases is expected to be provided by the Transportation Improvement District, which also funded the 747/Tylersville Road intersection improvement last year. That project was engineered and managed by the BCEO.

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