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* News Release *
 
Wednesday, March 24, 1999
For Immediate Release

1998-99 ANNUAL REPORT RELEASED ONLINE

Butler County Engineer Dean C. Foster announces the release of his 1998-99 Annual Report, which combines an overview of 1998 activities with the BCEO's 1999 capital improvements plan. For the first time ever, the Annual Report has been posted online before release of the printed edition. Increased public utilization of the Internet and the popularity of the BCEO's web site prompted this move. This year's online version has been slightly redesigned for faster download times.

The 1998-99 Annual Report outlines an estimated $37 million in maintenance and projects that will receive study, planning and engineering, or construction this year, including:

  • 22 bridge replacements / rehabilitations totaling $12,381,344 -- 9 utilizing federal funds, 13 utilizing local funds;
  • 20 culvert replacements totaling $193,000 -- all utilizing local funds;
  • 6 intersection upgrades totaling $865,000 -- 1 utilizing state funds, 5 with local funds;
  • 9 roadway improvements totaling $20,952,462 -- 1 utilizing federal funds, 1 with state funds, 6 with local funds;
  • 16.7 miles of paving and berming on County roads totaling $916,243 -- all local funding;
  • 4 railroad crossing upgrades -- utilizing a combination of federal, state, local, and railroad funds.

Among the construction highlights for 1999 are the following projects:

  • Major bridge replacements on Indian Creek Road and LeSourdsville West Chester Road;
  • Intersection improvement at Wayne Madison Road and Ohio 73;
  • Intersection improvement at Hamilton Mason Road and Ohio 747;
  • Two intersection improvements in Liberty Township;
  • Port Union Road widening from Ohio 747 to the Fairfield city limits;
  • Garver Elliot Road / CSX Railroad crossing upgrade.

Additionally, construction will begin late this year with utility work on the much anticipated Cincinnati Dayton Road widening in Union Township. This project also includes widening the bridge over I-75.

Nineteen-ninety-eight is also reviewed in the BCEO Annual Report. Road, bridge, and culvert activity is outlined as is subdivision development, plat information, and population growth. Liberty Township had the highest number of lots developed in 1998, followed by Fairfield Township and the City of Trenton. A review of general and seasonal maintenance is also provided in the Report. Numerous color photos in the online version feature various aspects of Engineer's Office activities, from project construction to storm crew maintenance.

Since funding is a key element in the planning and execution of all capital improvement and maintenance projects, the Report furnishes an explanation of primary funding sources, local match requirements, 1998 expenditures, and 1999 projected revenues. 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 will continue to pursue an aggressive and dynamic 5-year project plan which is continually reviewed and updated in conjunction with the Butler County Thoroughfare Plan. Updates are based on changing growth patterns and local needs plus actual completion of projects.

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