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* News Release *
Wednesday, June 9, 1999
For Immediate Release


Butler County Engineer Dean C. Foster reports that the section of Elk Creek Road recently affected by an embankment slip will reopen to one lane of traffic this afternoon. The Madison Township road was closed in April between Howe Road and Ohio 122 after a five to ten inch slip developed along a crack in the roadway.

Concrete barriers are now in place blocking off about 600 feet of the northbound lane where the embankment slip occurred. Temporary traffic signals have been installed at each end to control traffic through the slip area. "This is the most timely and economical solution given the circumstances," said Foster. "Motorists may encounter a short delay waiting for a green light but we felt it was necessary to get this road open to traffic as quickly as possible." Elk Creek Road is the major north-south road for residents in western Madison Township. Motorists have had to detour via Trenton Franklin Road and Ohio 122.

Permanent repairs to Elk Creek Road are likely to occur next year. Engineers continue to conduct geotechnical studies to determine the exact cause of the slip and the best solution for fixing it. Design and engineering of the project can then begin, according to Foster.

This is not the first time Elk Creek Road has been closed due to an embankment slip. One of the more recent closures occurred in May 1996 when runoff from the hillside west of the road combined with high water in Elk Creek to produce erosion and slipping near Sebald Park.

Elk Creek Road slip - Photo 1
Elk Creek Road slip - Photo 2
Elk Creek Road slip - Photo 3

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