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.