Butler County Engineer Dean
C. Foster reports that plans to widen Cincinnati Dayton Road
in Union Township are moving ahead with construction slated for
the year 2000. The project will be advertised and sold in 1999,
and motorists may notice some preliminary utility work before
the end of the year.
Foster says the County will
widen Cincinnati Dayton Road to five lanes between Tylersville
Road and Interstate 75 and to four lanes from Tylersville to
Maud Hughes Road; about 1,200 feet of Maud Hughes will also be
improved north from Cincinnati Dayton Road; major improvements
will be made to the intersection at Tylersville Road with five
lanes added to each leg of Tylersville; the bridge over I-75
will be widened with upgrades to the entrance and exit ramps
at the interchange; and, a fully actuated traffic signal system
will be installed along the entire length of the project to increase
efficiency and improve traffic flow.
"This project is necessary
because the demand exceeds the capacity of the current roadway,"
noted Foster. "Anyone who travels the road, especially at
rush hour, knows that it can become very congested."
Federal funds will be utilized
to pay for 80 percent of the project, which is estimated to cost
approximately $14 million. The remaining 20 percent will consist
of local matching funds.
The project is expected to
take two years to complete and construction will be performed
while traffic is maintained. Access to all businesses will also
be maintained throughout the course of the project. "Once
construction is underway, every effort will be made to accommodate
the local businesses and the motoring public. We want to minimize
the inconveniences as much as possible," Foster emphasized.
The BCEO plans to hold several
meetings in conjunction with Union Township and the Southeast
Butler County Chamber of Commerce to provide project information
and updates to residents and businesses along the road. Questions
and input from the public will also be strongly encouraged. The
first meeting is being planned for late January.
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