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* News Release *
 
Friday, September 24, 1999
For Immediate Release

BCEO TO INSTALL TEMPORARY SIGNAL AT WAYNE MADISON ROAD
AND OHIO 73

Butler County Engineer Dean C. Foster announces plans to install a temporary traffic signal at Wayne Madison Road and Ohio 73. Foster met with Ohio Department of Transportation officials on Tuesday to make arrangements to borrow the signal components --- signal heads, controller, and cabinet --- which could be installed as early as next week.

"I'd like to commend Joe Bassil, ODOT District 8 Traffic Engineer, and Gary Hursh, District 8 Signal Maintenance Supervisor, for their quick response to our request," Foster said. "We are now in the process of coordinating with Cinergy to get power to the signal once it's installed." The Engineer's Office will pay for the installation plus all utility costs.

The temporary signal will be designed to anticipate traffic on Ohio 73, which is more heavily traveled and has a higher speed limit than Wayne Madison Road. Foster stressed that while the signal will make the intersection safer, this is only a temporary fix. Motorists may continue to experience back-ups because there are still no turn lanes. He advises drivers to approach the intersection with caution and patience.

The intersection has become more hazardous in recent years as a result of rapid area growth and increased traffic volumes. Most of the intersection lies within the City of Trenton, which plans to upgrade it next year. Trenton will pay for the majority of the construction with some funding contributed by St. Clair Township. The BCEO is supplying design and engineering for the new intersection, which will include turn lanes on all four approaches, new signals, and wider turning radii.

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