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* News Release *
 
Thursday, October 15, 1998
For Immediate Release

BUTLER COUNTY FIRST TO UTILIZE STATE'S NEW LPA FUNDING PROGRAM
New Layhigh Road Bridge Open Today

Butler County Engineer Dean C. Foster announces the opening of Layhigh Road Bridge #08.055 in Ross Township. The Bridge represents one of the first projects to be completed under the State of Ohio's new LPA (Local Public Agency) program. LPA is the result of an important policy change that now allows counties to manage federally funded road projects from start to finish.

The nearly $1 million Layhigh project, the nearby Reily Millville Road upgrade, and the recent Cincinnati Dayton Road bridge project in Union Township are the first three federally funded projects in Ohio to be completely managed at the local level since the new policy took effect. Until last year, counties could do plan preparation, environmental studies, and even buy right-of-way for federally funded projects, but then were required to hand the project over to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to let the contract and manage construction. When ODOT changed the decades-old policy last year, it gave counties complete local control over the construction phase of these projects.

"The State's initiative to transfer control and responsibility for construction to the local level is a mutually beneficial process," according to Foster. "It saves everyone time and money. Locally, for Butler County, the number one benefit is cost reduction. Typically, counties can manage the construction contract for far less than the State because the decision-making is held at the local level. We can resolve problems more quickly, and that translates into savings - both time and money. We applaud the LPA program and hope to see it continue."

With time at a premium, everyone can be thankful that this new program will help minimize road construction detours and traffic delays. Nearly 20,000 vehicles per day cross the new bridge on Cincinnati Dayton Road that was just completed under the LPA program. Through the efforts of the BCEO's Construction Management Department working with the LPA process, the bridge was finished nearly a month ahead of schedule.

LPA allows every federally funded project to be managed locally except those involving interstate highway funds. "Construction time lines are shortened and road construction funds can be stretched farther. The benefits to Butler County will be substantial and significant," Foster added.

Recent and Proposed LPA Projects

Layhigh Road Bridge #08.055, Ross Township
Project:
Bridge replacement
Completed: October 1998
Contract amount: $915,472
Contractor: SK Construction

Reily Millville Road from U.S. 27 to Bunker Hill Woods Road, Hanover & Reily Townships
Project:
Roadway reconstruction and resurfacing, adjustments to vertical alignment, widen existing lanes, add berms, addition of raised pavement markers
Completed: September 1998
Contract amount: $1,294,362
Contractor: John R. Jurgensen Co.

Cincinnati Dayton Road Bridge #00.340, Union Township
Project:
Bridge replacement
Completed: August 1998
Contract amount: $633,744
Contractor: SK Construction

LeSourdsville West Chester Road Bridge #07.329, Liberty Township
Project:
Bridge replacement
Estimated start date: Late 1998, early 1999
Estimated cost: $620,000

Indian Creek Road Bridge # 00.498, Reily Township
Project:
Bridge replacement
Estimated start date: Late 1998, early 1999
Estimated cost: $780,000

Garver Elliot Road at CSX Railroad, Reily Township
Project:
Crossing upgrade, realignment, lights and gates, elimination of nearby unsafe crossings at Law and Pierson Roads
Estimated start date: Late 1998, early 1999
Estimated cost: $325,000

Cox Road from Tylersville Road to U.S. 42, Union Township
Project:
Construction of bikeway
Estimated start date: Late 1998, early 1999
Estimated cost: $480,000

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