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