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* News Release *
 
Thursday, April 2, 1998
For Immediate Release

BCEO 1997-98 ANNUAL REPORT RELEASED

Butler County Engineer Dean C. Foster has released the BCEO 1997-98 Annual Report, which combines an overview of 1997 activities with upcoming capital improvements for 1998. The Report is available in printed form and is also posted on the BCEO's web site at www.bceo.org. The online edition has color photos and links to other items of similar interest.

This year's Annual Report, which was presented to the Butler County Commissioners today, outlines over $18 million in road construction, maintenance, and related projects for 1998, and also highlights some major projects currently in the works for next year and beyond. Proposed 1998 construction includes:

  • 15 bridge replacements/rehabilitations totaling $3,145,602
  • 13 culvert replacements totaling $105,000
  • 7 intersection improvements totaling $1,659,727
  • 4 roadway improvement projects totaling $9,327,304
  • 1 railroad crossing upgrade totaling $325,000
  • Over 20 miles of paving and berming on County roads totaling $971,734
  • Management of Muhlhauser Road Extension bridges for TID

Among the construction highlights for 1998 are the following projects:

  • Intersection improvement at Tylersville Road and LeSourdsville West Chester Road
  • Three intersection improvements in Liberty Township
  • Two bridge replacements on Indian Creek Road
  • Bridge replacement on Cincinnati Dayton Road
  • Reily Millville Road roadway improvement
  • Major railroad crossing upgrade in Reily Township
  • Rehabilitation of the Black Covered Bridge
  • Intersection signalization in Union Township

Nineteen-ninety-seven is also reviewed in the BCEO Annual Report. Road, bridge, and culvert activity is outlined as is subdivision development by township, plat information, and population growth. Fairfield Township had the highest number of lots developed in 1997, followed by the City of Fairfield and Union Township.

A review of general and seasonal maintenance is provided in the Report as are overviews of BCEO funding sources and project development. The majority of the County Engineer's revenue comes from gasoline taxes and license plate fees, which generate approximately $9 million a year for the Engineer's Office. Foster utilizes as much of this as possible for local match money to leverage outside funding from the State of Ohio and the Federal Government.

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