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,"
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
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
Detours will be posted
for all closings. Motorists are encouraged to monitor the BCEO's
web site for phasing and construction updates.
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- Photo 1: Garver Elliot to be upgraded.
- Photo 2: Law Road crossing to be eliminated.
- Photo 3: Pierson Road crossing to be