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* News Release *
Friday, March 13, 1998
For Immediate Release


Closure To Begin March 23

Butler County Engineer Dean C. Foster reports that the Tylersville Road / LeSourdsville West Chester Road intersection in Union Township will close beginning Monday, March 23, 1998 for approximately twelve weeks. Major safety improvements slated for the intersection will require motorists to utilize alternate routes through early June. Detours will be posted, but the BCEO is encouraging motorists who use both roads to make alternate commuting plans now.

Utility relocations at the intersection were begun last year and are nearly complete. Several structures have also been removed to make way for the wider intersection. Actual reconstruction will include improvements to the horizontal and vertical alignments (cutting down the intersection five feet and realigning the approaches), plus adding turn lanes on all four approaches and signalization.

"We will have a much safer intersection with better sight distance when the project is finished," according to Foster. "The addition of turn lanes and signals will also improve traffic flow dramatically."

Foster emphasized that everything possible will be done to keep closure time to a minimum. "We realize that these are heavily traveled roads, particularly Tylersville, and that this closure will be an inconvenience to many commuters; however, our Office has approached this project very methodically in an effort to reopen the intersection as quickly as possible."

He added that construction dates and completion times are extremely weather-dependent and the BCEO is asking that motorists be patient in the event of a wet Spring. "Several rain dates are typically built into a project's time line, but a persistent rainy period can slow things down," he added. Motorists are encouraged to check for any updates and status changes on the BCEO's web site at www.bceo.org.

The Tylersville / LeSourdsville West Chester project is actually the major portion of a contract that also included improvements to the Tylersville Road at Kennesaw Drive intersection a half mile to the east. That project, completed last year, involved the addition of turn lanes on Tylersville, the installation of traffic signals, and removal of a small knob just west of the intersection.

The construction contract for both projects was awarded to Ft. Defiance Construction Company of Ft. Defiance, Ohio, which submitted a low bid of $1,398,910. The Butler County Engineer's Office leveraged State Issue 2 money to help fund 80 to 90 percent of the cost. BCEO revenues will provide the required local match.

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