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
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.
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.
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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