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* News Release *
 
Wednesday, July 7, 1999
For Immediate Release

MAJOR RAILROAD CROSSING UPGRADE TO BEGIN
Garver Elliot Road at CSX Railroad

Butler County Engineer Dean C. Foster reports that construction will begin this month on the Garver Elliot Road / CSX Railroad crossing in Reily Township. The project is designed to significantly improve one crossing while eliminating two dangerous crossings nearby.

Crews will begin work on July 26, 1999 and expect to complete the project by early December. The construction contract was awarded to W.G. Stang, Inc. of Hamilton which submitted a low bid of $360,108. Federal funds were secured by the Engineer's Office to pay for approximately 80 percent of the project.

When construction gets under way the Garver Elliot Road crossing will be dramatically realigned allowing CSX to install lights and gates, according to Foster. The new section of realigned roadway will be named Garver Stillwell Road. Nearby Pierson Road will be realigned to intersect with Garver Elliot and Garver Stillwell southwest of the tracks, eliminating the Pierson crossing; and the Law Road crossing will also be eliminated as part of the project. "Traffic counts for the Pierson and Law Road crossings are very low. It makes sense from a safety standpoint to eliminate these two dangerous crossings in favor of one safe crossing," Foster said.

There will be four distinct construction phases of which local residents and motorists will want to be aware:

Phase 1 - All roads will be open while the new portion of Pierson is constructed;

Phase 2 - Pierson Road will be closed for 30 days while the new section of Pierson is tied in with the old;

Phase 3 - The old section of Pierson will reopen. The Garver Elliot crossing will be closed. Work continues on the new portion of Pierson while crews build relocated Garver Elliot (which will be called Garver Stillwell Road);

Phase 4 - New Garver Stillwell Road and the new section of Pierson will open. The old Pierson crossing and Law Road crossing will each be closed permanently and eliminated. The roads will be stubbed at each end.

Detours will be posted for all closings. Motorists are encouraged to monitor the BCEO's web site for phasing and construction updates.

Photo 1: Garver Elliot to be upgraded.
Photo 2: Law Road crossing to be eliminated.
Photo 3: Pierson Road crossing to be eliminated.

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