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1997-98 Annual Report
 
Review of 1997....Preview of 1998

March 15, 1998

To the Citizens and Board of County Commissioners of Butler County, Ohio:

I am pleased to present the Butler County Engineer's 1997-98 Annual Report for your review. The Report provides an overview of 1997 projects, a look at proposed capital improvements for 1998, and highlights of some major projects currently in the works for 1999 and beyond. Each project listed in this Report has the direct involvement of the Butler County Engineer's Office (BCEO); planning and engineering, funding, administration of the contract, and/or construction.

When you browse the 1997 Review in this Report, you will see that this office was involved with over $26,448,802 in projects. Among some of the highlights: fourteen bridges replaced or repaired; five dangerous intersections made safer; five railroad crossings upgraded and one eliminated; and nearly $4 million in paving and road improvements. The BCEO also managed construction of three TID projects totaling over $19 million. Safety and progress appropriately define the BCEO's accomplishments for 1997.

One additional word also describes the BCEO's past year quite well --- technology. During 1997 we installed Ohio's first all-composite bridge, established a site on the World Wide Web, and launched an upgrade our office computer system. These technological advances maintain a BCEO tradition of progressive and cost-efficient engineering.

Your County Engineer's Office installed Ohio's first and the nation's third all-composite vehicle bridge last July on Smith Road near the Hamilton/St. Clair/Ross Township line. Dubbed the "Tech 21 Bridge" by the team of engineers that brought the project together, this bridge has received national and international attention from the media and numerous engineering publications. Tech 21 is the culmination of technology transfer efforts from the aerospace industry into common structural applications for the general public's benefit and safety. The bridge's projected life expectancy of 100 years (over twice that of conventional concrete and steel bridges) combined with its low cost construction is an attractive alternative for many public agencies and engineering firms worldwide. The Tech 21 Bridge is also the nation's first "smart bridge." It is fully instrumented with special sensors for continuous health monitoring. As the composite technology develops, it could save taxpayers millions of dollars in repair and replacement costs. This bridge is one of the world's leading research endeavors in the potential uses of composite materials for civil engineering applications. To read more about the Tech 21 Bridge and to see some photos, browse into the What's New section of our web site or go to the 1997 Bridge section of this Report..

As everyone knows, the Internet is rapidly becoming one of the world's foremost communications tools. The establishment of the BCEO's web site in April has enabled us to provide information to the public at a moment's notice. Web surfers have told us that they find our site to be very helpful and easy to navigate. One emailer even noted that our site should serve as a model for other government web sites. So please check in at www.bceo.org. (If you're reading this online, then you're already here.) You will find information about current and future road projects, road closings and openings, BCEO departments and services, employee email links, Butler County statistical data, as well as guides to township and city officials. Road conditions and snow reports are also available. (The technology for our webmaster to instantly update this information from a remote location should be in place by next winter.) You will even find this Annual Report posted on our web site.

Establishing an Internet presence has gone hand in hand with upgrading the BCEO's computer system, implemented in 1997 and to be completed in 1998. Up-to-date computers and development of an office Intranet will allow for a more efficient flow of information from within and without the workplace. This has already benefitted us greatly in terms of email capability and our Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CAD).

Thank you for taking a few moments to review the accomplishments and aspirations of your Engineer's Office. As always, we appreciate the opportunity to serve you the taxpayers, who are after all, our employers. Your safety and convenience are important to us as evidenced by the projects in this Report. Perhaps you may or may not be aware that outside of Butler County, the BCEO enjoys a statewide reputation for its progressive approach to engineering, safety, and public involvement. Much of what we pioneer locally is watched and then implemented in other counties. We are able to function on your behalf because of your support and feedback. Thanks for a great year Butler County!

Board of Butler County Commissioners:

The staff of the Butler County Engineer's Office conducts an ongoing inspection and analysis of the roads and bridges that are under our jurisdiction and make up the County system, per Section 5543.02 of the Ohio Revised Code. On the basis of these inspections and analyses, we respectfully submit this Report to the Butler County Board of Commissioners and request approval of expenses for all recommended 1998 capital improvements. These are listed in the section entitled 1998 PROPOSED CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS.

We also request the enactment of resolutions 1) for the acquisition of needed rights of way and plan preparation in accordance with our recommended improvements, and 2) to proceed by Force Account as outlined in Section 5543.19 of the Ohio Revised Code for all necessary maintenance, repair, and improvements. Materials for all Force Account projects are bid through separate contracts.

Very truly yours,

BUTLER COUNTY, OHIO

GENERAL DATA

Population (1996 est.) 323,579
State rank 8th
Area 469 square miles
State rank 35th
Courthouse elevation 601 feet
Highest elevation 1,051 ft. (Near Todd Road, Oxford Township)
Lowest elevation 520 ft. (Great Miami River, Fairfield)

1996 POPULATION (estimated)

UNINCORPORATED AREAS

Fairfield Twp 11,351 Oxford Twp 4,425
Hanover Twp 8,759 Reily Twp 2,979
Lemon Twp 9,745 Ross Twp 6,946
Liberty Twp 16,392 St. Clair Twp 5,739
Madison Twp 10,113 Union Twp 44,812
Milford Twp 2,796 Wayne Twp 3,914
Morgan Twp 5,883 Total 133,853

INCORPORATED AREAS

College Corner 128 * New Miami 2,555
Fairfield 42,163 Oxford 18,700
Hamilton 61,833 Seven Mile 977
Jacksonburg 61 Sharonville 2,067*
Middletown 47,990* Somerville 338
Millville 938 Trenton 7,054
Monroe 4,922* Total 189,726
*Portions of these communities lie within neighboring counties; figures represent their Butler County population only.

ROAD MILEAGE

County Roads 267.54 miles
Township Roads 632.01 miles
U.S. and State Roads 177.5 miles

ROAD MILEAGE BY TOWNSHIP

Township County Roads Township Roads
Fairfield 12.55 54.35
Hanover 26.54 33.95
Lemon 0 10.02
Liberty 26.31 76.92
Madison 23.83 51.18
Milford 20.85 30.99
Morgan 26.82 30.58
Oxford 18.71 27.36
Reily 30.49 32.70
Ross 12.94 36.83
St. Clair 21.49 33.42
Union 32.83 185.34
Wayne 14.18 28.37
Total 267.54 632.01

 

BIRTH OF A PROJECT

All potential projects are identified and developed by BCEO engineers, who also determine a funding source for each project and place it on a time line. Ongoing three- and five-year plans are maintained and routinely updated. Most large scale projects have already been identified in the Butler County Thoroughfare Plan developed by the Engineer's Office in 1994, which serves as a comprehensive 20-year countywide transportation planning guide. The Plan is modified every four to five years and will receive an update in 1998.

Following the planning phase, projects move into the engineering design phase. The BCEO Design Department is responsible for engineering and designing the projects on our CAD System (Computer Aided Design) or through local and regional consultants. Once a project is designed, the BCEO's Construction Department manages the actual construction of all contract projects. This involves everything from coordinating utility relocations to working directly with contractors to make sure the job is completed according to design specifications and in a timely manner. Crews from our Operations Department handle construction all Force Account (non-contract) projects.

 

FUNDING SOURCES

Adequate funding is the key to a successful capital improvements plan. The BCEO obtains revenue from three different levels: Federal, State, and Local. There are two primary sources of local money: gasoline taxes and license plate fees. (See "Where The Money Comes From" for an explanation of how these monies are distributed by the state.) This money is designated specifically for the County Engineer's Office for road and bridge projects and is completely separate from the county's general fund. Annual income generated by these local funding sources averages just under $9 million. This revenue is important as local match money for State and Federally funded projects.

FEDERAL FUNDING

The BCEO works to leverage outside funding whenever possible for eligible projects. As an example, there are several categories of Federal aid, most of which are designated for certain types of projects on specific roads and bridges. In order to utilize these funds very strict qualifications must be met, including the completion of environmental studies and providing the local funding match. An average leveraged ratio of 3:1 (federal:local) is maintained by federal aid experts at the BCEO.

STATE FUNDING

Two primary sources of State funding utilized by the BCEO are the State Issue 2 Program (SI2P), renewed by Ohio voters in November 1995, and Community Development Block Grant Funds. The Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) administers the State Issue 2 Program, which also includes the Local Transportation Improvement Program and the Small Government Capital Improvements Program. As with Federal funds, a local match is required for the use of Issue 2 funds, and the amount must be a minimum of 10 percent of the total project cost. State Issue 2 money is designated for the repair and replacement of existing infrastructure. The OPWC has divided the state into 19 separate funding districts, and communities and public agencies within each district must vie for their share of the funding which is allotted to their district. Butler County lies within District 10, which also includes the Counties of Warren, Clermont, and Clinton and their communities. The Butler County Engineer's Office serves as the manager and OPWC liaison for all Issue 2 funding in District 10.

The Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program is designed to provide money for infrastructure programs that normally would not qualify for other outside funding sources. This program is also designed to assist with improvements to low-income areas.

LOCAL FUNDING

The two primary sources of local funding are gasoline taxes and license plate fees, although the BCEO does receive some sales tax revenues from the County Commissioners. Many road and bridge projects are funded one-hundred percent with local money and are let by Contract or are performed by crews from the Engineer's Office. Non-contract projects performed by BCEO crews are known as Force Account projects and can consist of everything from culvert and bridge replacements and deck repairs to general and seasonal maintenance. The Ohio Revised Code caps Force Account projects at $10,000 per mile for paving or maintenance and $40,000 per structure (bridge or culvert). If the cost estimate for a project is over these amounts, the project must by law be competitively bid and let as a contract to the lowest qualified bidder.

A new concept in locally funded road construction is the Transportation Improvement District (TID), which was enacted through state legislation passed in 1993.The TID is comprised of a panel of local governments charged with funding several projects in the TID-designated area, which covers most of the southeast quadrant of the County. Innovative financing is the key to speeding up construction of much-needed projects for which traditional funding methods have been difficult since most local, state, and federal budgets are already stretched.

PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE: The BCEO maximizes the use of local funds by matching them with State and Federal funds. On the average, one local dollar can leverage three to four dollars from sources outside Butler County.

 

1997 OVERVIEW

As stated in the County Engineer's letter at the beginning of this Report, technology took a front seat at the BCEO in 1997. The Engineer's Office established a site on the World Wide Web, launched an upgrade of its office computer system, and installed Ohio's first all-composite bridge. Progressive and cost-efficient engineering define a BCEO tradition concerned with building a safer transportation system for Butler County motorists. The evidence is on the roads you drive. The specifics are outlined in this Report.

During 1997, the Butler County Engineer's Office completed:

    • 12 bridge projects
    • 14 culvert projects
    • 5 intersection projects
    • 2 roadway improvement projects
    • 65 miles of paving
    • Center and edge line striping of numerous roads
    • 6 railroad crossing upgrades
    • 4 Block Grant projects

Additionally, the BCEO managed construction of three projects for the Transportation Improvement District (TID):

    • Union Centre Boulevard Interchange and construction of Union Centre Boulevard
    • Liberty Towne Centre intersection upgrade
    • Muhlhauser Road Extension bridge construction

The above list does not include routine activities such as general design and engineering, commercial and residential development services, tax mapping services, and day-to-day roadway maintenance such as signing, mowing, drainage, and snow and ice control. As you can see, the BCEO is a multi-faceted, full-service agency covering all facets of road and highway transportation in Butler County.

For a detailed review of 1997 activity, please read on.

1997 SUBDIVISION DEVELOPMENT IN BUTLER COUNTY

UNINCORPORATED AREAS

Township

Number of Subdivision Plats
Number of Lots Acres Developed Number of Streets Miles of Streets
Fairfield 13 414 169 26 5.6
Hanover 0 0 0 0 0
Lemon 0 0 0 0 0
Liberty 9 163 109 15 2.2
Madison 0 0 0 0 0
Milford 0 0 0 0 0
Morgan 0 2 0 0 0
Oxford 0 0 0 0 0
Reily 0 1 0 0 0
Ross 0 3 1 0 0
St. Clair 0 0 0 0 0
Union 12 175 203 16 2.2
Wayne 0 0 0 0 0
Total 34 758 482 57 10

INCORPORATED AREAS

Township

Number of Subdivision Plats
Number of Lots Acres Developed Number of Streets Miles of Streets
College Corner 0 0 0 0 0
Fairfield 9 184 101 20 2.5
Hamilton 3 121 54 6 0.7
Jacksonburg 0 0 0 0 0
Middletown 6 93 34 5 0.4
Millville 0 0 0 0 0
Monroe 4 110 41.5 11 1.1
New Miami 1 2 0 0 0
Oxford 0 0 0 0 0
Seven Mile 0 1 0 0 0
Sharonville 0 0 0 0 0
Somerville 0 0 0 0 0
Trenton 6 137 41 9 0.9
Total 29 647 271.5 51 5.6

TAX MAP DEPARTMENT SUMMARY

Activity

1997
1996
Sale of Plats $12,103.75 $12,629.57
Transfers 16,521 16,532
Parcel Splits 318 208
Survey Plats Recorded 387 412
House #s Assigned 781 714
House #s Verified 1,081 377
Bonds Recorded 17 12
Annexations Recorded 5 5
Annexations Checked 5 3

 

1997 PROJECT REVIEW

This section includes a comprehensive listing of all projects that were completed during the 1997 construction year.

BRIDGES

The Butler County Engineer's Office performs an annual inspection of all bridges on County and Township roads. Some bridges receive inspection two or more times per year due to their worsened condition. The BCEO had inspection and maintenance responsibility for 369 bridges (structures with a clear span of ten feet or greater) at the beginning of 1998. That number remained unchanged at the end of the year.

There are 34 bridges located on State highways within municipalities for which the State of Ohio has inspection responsibility but the County Engineer has maintenance responsibility.

Seventeen bridges were posted with load limit restrictions at the end of 1997. This is down from over 40 load-restricted bridges just three years ago. The County Engineer's aggressive bridge program is designed to reduce and eventually eliminate all load-rated bridges.

Bridge summary 1997
Total: 12
Total cost: $3,115,481

FEDERAL FUNDS

Indian Creek Road Bridge #00.838 -- Replacement and roadway realignment
Contract amount: $868,000
 
Indian Creek Road Bridge #00.838 in Reily Township...before and after replacement.

Reily Millville Road Bridge #02.440 -- Replacement
Contract amount: $474,280
Photo: Construction of new Reily Millville Road Bridge #02.440 in Reily Township.
 
Smith Road (Union Twp) Bridge #00.106 -- Replacement
Contract amount: $683,707
Photo: New Smith Road Bridge #00.106 in Union Township.
 
STATE ISSUE 2 FUNDS
 
Contract 1996-CJ011 -- Five Bridge Replacements
Browns Run Road Bridge #01.748 (replaced by culvert)
Kyles Station Road Bridge #03.731
Kyles Station Road Bridge #06.684
Rialto Road Bridge #00.957 (replaced by culvert)
Thomas Road (Madison Twp) Bridge #00.029
Total project cost: $420,579

LOCAL FUNDS BY CONTRACT

Contract 1997-CU05A -- Emergency bridge repairs, abutment replacement
Hamilton New London Road Bridge #05.029
Contract amount: $363,568
($175,000 in OPWC emergency funds were applied to this project.)

Engineers at the BCEO had to overcome another very wet spring, although conditions weren't nearly as disastrous as during the previous year. The only major weather-induced project in 1997 was Hamilton New London Road Bridge #05.029 over Indian Creek. The bridge had to be closed after high waters in the rain-swollen creek washed out the bridge abutment and the adjoining roadway approach on the bridge's east side. (Left photo. Right photo.)
 
LOCAL FUNDS BY FORCE ACCOUNT
 
One Bridge Rehabilitation
Garner Road Bridge #02.223
Total project cost: $40,943
 
Two Bridge Replacements
LeSourdsville West Chester Road Bridge #01.895
Smith Road (Hamilton City/Ross & St. Clair Twps) Bridge #03.730
Total project cost: $264,404
 
An aging and deteriorated Smith Road Bridge #03.730 was replaced with Ohio's first all-composite bridge; only the third in the nation. The new Tech 21 Bridge, which has received national and international attention, is the culmination of technology transfer efforts and is built entirely of advanced composite material originally designed for use in the aerospace industry -- fibers such as glass embedded in epoxy. The bridge's projected life expectancy of 100 years (over twice that of conventional concrete and steel bridges) combined with its low cost construction is an attractive alternative for many public agencies and engineering firms worldwide. As the technology develops, it could save taxpayers millions of dollars in repair and replacement costs.
(Photo 1. Photo 2. Photo 3. Photo 4. Photo 5. Photo 6. Photo 7. Photo 8.)
 
Butler County's Tech 21 Bridge has received worldwide coverage, from numerous articles in engineering trade publications to CNN's "Future Watch" program. (Additional CNN image.)

Ohio Governor George V. Voinovich and Ohio Senator Mike DeWine each issued proclamations heralding the event as a positive contribution to Ohio's rich transportation history and as good for the economy.

Governor Voinovich's proclamation
Senator DeWine's proclamation

CULVERTS

The BCEO's Operations Department is responsible for the annual inspection of all culverts located on County and Township roads --- that number totaled 1,045 at the beginning of 1998. A culvert is a conduit running underneath a road for the purpose of transferring storm water runoff from one side of the road to another. Culverts are technically classified as structures with a clear span of less than ten feet and can be made of different types of material. Culvert replacements are, like bridges, determined by the age and condition of the structure and are often planned in conjunction with future resurfacing projects.

Culvert summary 1997
Total: 14
Total cost: $103,249

LOCAL FUNDS BY FORCE ACCOUNT

Fourteen Culvert Replacements
Alert New London Road Culvert #04.625
Augspurger Road Culvert #02.161
Bunker Hill Woods Road Culvert #00.088
Bunker Hill Woods Road Culvert #01.335
Chapel Road Culvert #01.759
Contreras Road Culvert #01.339
Layhigh Road Culvert #07.584
New Haven Road Culvert #00.004
New Haven Road Culvert #01.727
Stahlheber Road Culvert #06.947
Waynes Trace Road Culvert #01.527
Waynes Trace Road Culvert #01.658
West Chester Road Culvert #00.207
West Chester Road Culvert #00.384
Total project cost: $103,249
 
INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS
 
Intersection summary 1997
Total: 5
Total cost: $799,040

LOCAL FUNDS BY CONTRACT

Contract 1997-7 -- One Intersection Signalization
Union Centre Boulevard at West Chester Road
Contract amount: $62,203
Photo: Traffic signals were installed at West Chester Road and Union Centre Boulevard in Union Township. This is actually a new intersection of sorts; Allen Road was reconfigured to intersect with the new Union Centre Boulevard just south of here, and Union Centre was extended north and west of West Chester Road.
 
Contract 1997-8 -- One Intersection Signalization
Cox Road at Barret Road
Total project cost: $48,254
Photo: Traffic signals were installed at Cox Road and Barret Road in Union Township. This intersection underwent a major realignment one year earlier, in which turn lanes were also added.
 
Contract 1997-12 -- One Intersection Signalization
Hamilton Scipio Road (Ohio 129) at U.S. 27
Total project cost: $28,839

Contract 1997-13 -- One Intersection Improvement
Cincinnati Dayton Road at Princeton Road
Contract amount: $572,286

Contract 1997-14 -- One Intersection Improvement (Contract also included paving. Please see Paving, Contract 1997-14.)
Morris Road at Princeton Road
Total project cost: $87,458
(Funding: Fairfield Twp)

ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS

Roadway summary 1997
Total: 2
Total cost: $1,093,181

LOCAL FUNDS BY CONTRACT

Contract 1996-9 -- One Roadway Improvement
Allen Road (now Union Centre Blvd) - Extension from West Chester Rd to Beckett Rd
Total project cost: $902,510
(Funding: BCEO, Lakota School District, Union Township)

Contract 1997-2 -- One Roadway Improvement
Beckett Road - Tylersville Road to Bridge #03.507
Total project cost: $190,671

PAVING

The Butler County Engineer's Office is responsible for 267.54 miles (centerline miles) of roadway and has a 12-15 year paving program in place. This system enables roads to be resurfaced on a regular basis and maintained routinely in a more cost-effective manner. Many Township roads that are substandard in lane width and those County roads that meet minimum standards only, where feasible, are also being widened to bring them up to modern safety standards.

Sixty-five miles of county, township, and municipal roads were resurfaced in 1997. This also includes berming of all major roads paved.
 
PHOTOS: Clyde Court resurfacing in Ross Township. (Photo 1. Photo 2.)

Paving summary 1997
Total miles: 65.0
Total cost: $2,740,245

LOCAL FUNDS BY CONTRACT

Contract 1997-9 -- Paving of County and Township Roads in Lemon, Madison, St. Clair, and Wayne Townships and the City of Monroe
Total miles: 21.7
Total project cost: $627,692

Funded by Lemon Township:
Hamilton Middletown Road - Ohio 4 to Middletown corp.
Yankee Road - Ohio 63 to Monroe corp.
Miles: 2.0
Cost: $98,212
 
Funded by Madison Township:
Browns Run Road - Trenton Franklin Road to Hetzler Road
Dickey Road - West Alexandria Road to Kalbfleisch Road
Michael Road - West Alexandria Road to Trenton Franklin Road
Preble County Line Road - Strebee Road to Montgomery County line
Thomas Road - Browns Run Road to Sloebig Road
Trenton Franklin Road - Trenton corp. to dead-end
Miles: 8.6
Cost: $180,925

Funded by St. Clair Township:
Amy Lynne Circle - Eric Lane to cul-de-sac
Appletree Drive - dead-end to dead-end
Black Oak Court - Mellowood Lane to cul-de-sac
Caldwell Street - South Street to Trenton Road
Cedar Grove Court - Appletree Drive to cul-de-sac
Cedar Grove Drive - Appletree Drive to Eric Lane
Center Street - Riverside Drive to dead-en
Chapman Road - Riverside Drive to Trenton Road
Chickadee Drive - Hazelnut Drive to #3020
Clark Street - South Street to Trenton Road
Eric Lane - cul-de-sac to cul-de-sac
Fenton Street - South Street to Trenton Road
Hazelnut Drive - West Elkton Road to Chickadee Drive
John Street - South Street to Trenton Road
Long Pine Court - Appletree Drive to cul-de-sac
Maple Street - Riverside Drive to cul-de-sac
Mellowood Lane - Fear Not Mills Road to Appletree Drive
North Street - St. Clair Street to Chapman Road
St. Clair Street - South Street to Trenton Road
Shademore Drive - Fear Not Mills Road to Teakwood Drive
Teakwood Drive - Weeping Willow Drive to dead-end
Weeping Willow Drive - cul-de-sac to north of Hazelnut Drive
Wehr Road - Riverside Drive to south of Ohio 73
West Elkton Road - Fear Not Mills Road to Norfolk & Southern Railroad crossing
Williams Street - South Street to Trenton Road
Miles: 7.2
Cost: $197,045

Funded by Wayne Township:
Thomas Road - Jacksonburg Road to Wayne Madison Road
Tolbert Road - Ohio 503 to first bridge
Miles: 1.7
Cost: $48,466

Funded by City of Monroe:
Britton Lane - Macready Avenue to Todhunter Road
Main Street - Lebanon Street to Monroe corp.
Yankee Road - Todhunter Road to Monroe corp.
Miles: 2.2
Cost: $103,044
 
Contract 1997-10 -- Paving of County and Township Roads in Milford, Oxford, and Reily Townships
Total miles: 15.1
Total project cost: $727,481

Funded by the County:
Fairfield Road - Riggs Road to Oxford corp.
Law Road - Stillwell Beckett Road to Booth Road
Springfield Road - Peoria Reily Road to Indiana state line
Stillwell Road - Bunker Hill Woods Roads to U.S. 27
Miles: 8.4
Cost: $433,989

Funded by Milford Township:
Apple Street - East Street to dead-end
Frazee Road - Baker Road to U.S. 27
Mulberry Street - East Street to Ohio 177
North Street - East Street to dead-end
Oxford Street - East Street to dead-end
Miles: 1.9
Cost: $74,957

Funded by Oxford Township:
Todd Road - Jones Road to U.S. 27
Miles: 2.7
Cost: $108,425

Funded by Reily Township:
Pierson Road - Stillwell Road to Stillwell Beckett Road
Stephenson Road - Stillwell Beckett Road to CSX Railroad
Miles: 2.1
Cost: $110,110

Contract 1997-11 -- Paving of County and Township Roads in Hanover, Morgan, and Ross Townships
Total miles: 17.6
Total project cost: $668,326
 
Funded by the County:
Hussey Road at CSX Railroad
Race Lane Road - Alert New London Road to Ohio 126
School Road - Layhigh Road to Ohio 128
Stahlheber Road - Morman Road to Hamilton corp.
Miles: 4.6
Cost: $287,414

Funded by Hanover Township:
Fairy Drive - U.S. 27 to cul-de-sac
Gardner Road - Hogue Road to north of Hamilton corp.

Pine Terrace Drive - Gardner Road to dead-end
Salman Road - Stahlheber Road to dead-end
Sharkey Road - Gardner Road to cul-de-sac
Miles: 2.0
Cost: $76,451

Funded by Morgan Township:
Bay Road - Schoenling Road to Indiana state line
Chapel Road - Alert New London Road to Ohio 126
Layhigh Road - North Wynn Road to CSX Railroad
South Dwyer Road - California Road to dead-end
South Wynn Road - Jenkins Road to dead-end
State Line South Road - Okeana Drewersburg Road to dead-end
State Line South Road - Schoenling Road to 0.2 mile south of Schoenling Road
Miles: 4.7
Cost: $159,470
 
Funded by Ross Township:
Banyon Court - cul-de-sac to cul-de-sac
Beth Lane - Leona Court to Jennifer Drive
Birch Drive - Cypress Lane to Lark Street
Brater Court - Dry Run Drive to cul-de-sac
Bruce Drive - Donbar Drive to Moeller Drive
Chad Lane - Donbar Drive to dead-end
Clemmer Drive - Larry Lane to cul-de-sac
Clyde Court - Mikehill Drive to cul-de-sac
Donbar Drive - Scottwood Drive to Bruce Drive
Dry Run Drive - Ohio 126 to cul-de-sac
Gloria Lane - Jennifer Drive to Dry Run Drive
Jennifer Drive - Ohio 126 to dead-end
Lark Street - Cincinnati Brookville Road to Beechwood Drive
Larry Lane - Clemmer Drive to Sunshine Drive
Laurie Court - Scottwood Drive to cul-de-sac
Leona Court - cul-de-sac to cul-de-sac
Mardell Court - School Road to cul-de-sac
Mikehill Drive - Moeller Drive to cul-de-sac
Moeller Drive - Scottwood Drive to Layhigh Road
Scottwood Drive - Moeller Drive to Ohio 126
Sunshine Drive - Ohio 128 to dead-end
Venice Boulevard - Ohio 128 to dead-end
Windy Knoll Drive - Layhigh Road to dead-end
Miles: 6.3
Cost: $144,991

Contract 1997-14 -- Paving of County and Township Roads in Fairfield, Liberty, and Union Townships (Contract included one intersection improvement. Please see Intersection Improvements, Contract 1997-14.)
Total miles: 10.6
Total cost: $716,746

Funded by the County:
Cincinnati Dayton Road - Beckett Road to I-75
Cincinnati Dayton Road - southbound turn lane to I-75
Cox Road - turn off at McGinnis Park
Hamilton Mason Road - Morris Road to west of Gilmore Road
Tylersville Road - Fairfield corp. To Union Township line
Miles: 2.9
Cost: $217,485

Funded by Fairfield Township:
Beaty Lane - Millikin Road to cul-de-sac
Cavalcade Drive - Stonybrook Drive to Shannon Drive
Hillgale Lane - Cavalcade Drive to cul-de-sac
(Contract continued on next page.)
Judith Drive - Millikin Road to cul-de-sac
King Avenue - Tylersville Road to north of Imlay Avenue
Lester Lane - Estill Avenue to dead-end
Morris Road - Tylersville Road to house #7360
Paducah Avenue - Sparks Lane to dead-end
Parkamo Avenue - Alston Avenue to Imlay Avenue
Sparks Lane - Hamilton Mason Road to Paducah Avenue
Stonybrook Drive - Cavalcade Drive to Liberty Fairfield Road
Miles: 3.1
Cost: $206,103

Funded by Liberty Township:
Hankins Road - Maud Hughes Road to Yankee Road
LeSourdsville West Chester Road - Millikin Road to Kyles Station Road
Maud Hughes Road - Princeton Road to railroad bridge
Maud Hughes Road - Kyles Station Road to Hankins Road
Van Gordon Road - Hamilton Mason Road to 0.4 south of Princeton Road
Reserves of Liberty Park - walkway and parking area
Miles: 4.6
Cost: $293,158

GENERAL/SEASONAL ROADWAY MAINTENANCE

The Operations Department of the Butler County Engineer's Office is responsible for all Force Account projects as well as the general day-to-day maintenance and seasonal-type maintenance of bridges and roads on the County roadway system. This includes ditching and drainage projects, painting and striping of roads, signing, patching, bridge repair, berm work, guardrail repair, mowing, brush and weed control, and snow and ice control. Also included is emergency maintenance such as storm damage, downed trees, high water and flooding problems, and any debris that poses an immediate safety hazard to the motoring public.

Total spent on general maintenance: $984,115
 
1997 SNOW AND ICE CONTROL
 
No major winter storms swept through Butler County during 1997 and snowfall totals were well below normal. BCEO snow and ice control crews were utilized primarily for spot treatments and general salting during minor snow showers and light snows typically totaling less than two inches.
 
Total amount of road salt used: 1,932 tons (1996 = 2,434 tons)
Total of calcium used: 545 gallons (1996 = 3,169 gallons)
Total man-hours utilized for snow-and-ice control: 3,095 (1996 = 4,733 hours)
Total labor cost: $50,163 (1996 = $75,054)

BCEO snowfighters plow day and night to keep roads safe and passable when winter weather strikes. Visit our web site for status reports on road conditions during inclement weather. (Photo courtesy of E.L. Hubbard, Hamilton Journal-News.)

RAILROAD CROSSINGS

    Railroad crossing safety has been a substantial ingredient of the County Engineer's
    annual Capital Improvements program for many years. The BCEO's close work with
    the railroads has effectively increased crossing safety in Butler County in the last
    decade. The number of railroad crossing accidents in Butler County has gone down rapidly despite increased traffic volumes.

    Layhigh Road at CSX R.R. -- Installation of rubberized crossing
    (CSX funds)

    Race Lane Road at CSX R.R. -- Cut brush and improvement of sight distance
    (CSX funds)

    Rialto at Norfolk & Southern R.R. -- Installation of rubberized crossing
    (Federal funds)

    Spring Road at Norfolk & Southern R.R. -- Installation of lights and gates
    (N&S funds)

    Stahlheber Road at Norfolk & CSX R.R. -- Installation of rubberized crossing and thermoplastic pavement markings
    (BCEO & CSX funds)

    Wayne Madison Road at Cinergy-owned R.R. -- Crossing removal
    (Cinergy funds)

    OTHER
     
    COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDS

    Contract B-F-96-009--1D -- One project
    Village of College Corner - Water and storm sewer installation
    Total project cost: $13,738

    Contract B-F-96-009--1B,D,&E -- Three projects
    Fairfield Twp - Storm sewer installation
    City of Monroe - Curb ramp installation
    City of Trenton - Sidewalks and curb ramp installation
    Total project cost: $203,773

    STATE EMERGENCY (FEMA) FUNDS

    Contract 1997-1 -- Debris and driftwood removal from various bridge piers and abutments
    Total project cost: $78,463

    LOCAL FUNDS BY CONTRACT

    Contract 1997-4 -- Demolition of buildings
    Tylersville Road at LeSourdsville West Chester Road
    Cincinnati Dayton Road at Princeton Road
    Total project cost: $10,262
    Photo: Several structures were removed to make way for a wider, safer intersection at Tylersville Road and LeSourdsville West Chester Road.
     
    Contract 1997-6 -- Center line and edge line striping of various County and
    Township roads
    Total project cost: $59,595
     
    CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS MANAGED BY BCEO
    FOR TID
     
    Created as a result of legislation passed in 1993, the Transportation Improvement District (TID) is a funding agency designed to hasten construction of projects in the TID area, which covers most of the southeast quadrant of the County. The BCEO's experienced construction management team leant support to three TID projects last year. Construction management techniques and tools utilized by the Engineer's Office result in dramatic increases in efficiency thus cutting costs while increasing the quality of construction. The BCEO's management of key TID construction projects is another good example of cooperation and support among local agencies that results in substantial savings for Butler County taxpayers.

    TID Contract 1996-01 -- Muhlhauser Road Extension, Bridge substructures
    Total project cost: $918,339

    TID Contract 1997-07 -- Union Centre Boulevard interchange and construction of Union Centre Boulevard
    Total project cost: $16,018,473

    TID Contract 1997-08 -- Liberty Towne Centre intersection upgrade at Cincinnati Dayton Road and Hamilton Mason Road
    Total project cost: $2,212,384

    Construction of new Union Centre / I-75 overpass (top). Newly opened Union Centre Boulevard looking west from the interchange (bottom).

    Photo: Construction of Muhlhauser Road Extension bridge substructures.
     

1997 INCOME

    INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVENUE
     
    Gasoline Tax: $1,239,344
    Motor Vehicle License Fees: $5,277,927
    Permissive Tax - State Levy: $612,588
    FEMA Grant: $145,624
    Total: $7,275,483

    INTRAGOVERNMENTAL REVENUE
     
    Sales: $191,325
    Fines: $369,586
    Carryover: $1,827,292
    OTHER:
    Reimbursements: $849,699
    Inspection Fees & Permits: $190,910
    Other Motor Vehicle: $2,154,830
    Transfers: $576
    Sale of Assets: $30,193
    Proceeds of Notes: $1,200,000
    Local Sales Tax: $1,000,000
    Total: $7,814,411
    Total funds available: $15,089,894
     

1997 EXPENDITURES

    Capital Improvements: $863,873
    Construction: $4,796,175
    Maintenance/Operations: $3,907,964
    Engineering: $1,517,478
    Debt Retirement (Principal & Interest): $175,400
    Total: $11,260,890
    1997 Carryover: $2,829,003

    1997 EXPENDITURES: SALES TAX

    Construction Contracts: $691,253
    State & Federal Contracts: $7,440
    State Issue 2 Contracts: $301,307
    Total: $1,000,000

    1998 PROPOSED CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
The following list of proposed capital improvements and general maintenance projects is compiled as of February 1, 1998. It includes projects under construction which are expected to be completed in 1998 and projects that will begin construction during 1998, unless otherwise specified.
 
Beginning in 1998, the BCEO becomes the first local agency in Ohio to manage federally-funded projects previously administered by the Ohio Department of Transportation. This is the first transfer of such projects to the local level as part of the state's new LPA (Local Public Agency) Management Program. Complete local management of these projects by the BCEO will save taxpayers time and money by speeding up the entire construction process.

BRIDGES

    FEDERAL FUNDS

    Cincinnati Dayton Road Bridge #00.340 -- Replacement
    Estimated total project cost: $440,000

    Corso Road Black Covered Bridge -- Rehabilitation
    Contract amount: $608,102

    The Black Covered Bridge near Oxford as it looked at the beginning of
    the 1998 construction season. Work to rehabilitate the historic bridge
    began last year. The bridge's old siding and roofing were removed
    leaving only the skeleton shown above. As much of the original timber
    as possible is being salvaged and reused on the bridge. Repairs are also
    being made to the bottom and top chord members, all new support rods
    are being installed, structural work is being performed on the center pier,
    and the entrance is receiving a cosmetic facelift.
     
    Indian Creek Road Bridge #00.498 -- Replacement
    Estimated total project cost: $600,000
     
    Indian Creek Road Bridge #00.498 in Reily Township will be replaced
    in 1998.

    Layhigh Road Bridge #08.055 -- Replacement
    Estimated total project cost: $690,000

    LeSourdsville West Chester Road Bridge #07.329 -- Replacement
    Estimated total project cost: $500,000
    Photo: LeSourdsville West Chester Road Bridge #07.329 in Liberty Township will be replaced in 1998.
     
    California Road Bridge #04.312 -- Design and engineering; replacement in 1999
    Estimated total project cost: $2,000,000

    Liberty Fairfield Road Bridge #03.803 -- Design and engineering; replacement
    in 1999
    Estimated total project cost: $5,000,000

    Okeana Drewersburg Road Bridge #02.366 -- Design and engineering; replacement
    in 1999
    Estimated total project cost: $620,000
     
    Ross Hanover Road Bridge #00.230 -- Design and engineering; replacement
    in 1999
    Estimated total project cost: $350,000

    Taylor School Road Bridge #03.461 -- Design and engineering; replacement
    in 1999
    Estimated total project cost: $850,000

    LOCAL FUNDS BY CONTRACT

    One Bridge Replacement
    Hamilton New London Road Bridge #02.145
    Estimated total project cost: $150,000
     
    LOCAL FUNDS BY FORCE ACCOUNT

    Three Bridge Replacements
    Indian Creek Road Bridge #02.111
    Stout Road Bridge #00.100
    Yankee Road Bridge #01.100
    Estimated total project cost: $60,000
    Photo: Yankee Road Bridge #01.100 will be replaced with a new
    Conspan-type bridge consisting of new reinforcements, which utilize
    composite fibers versus a traditional steel reinforcing cage. This will
    be the first such bridge in the United States.
     
    Six Bridge Deck Replacements
    Baker Road Bridge #00.648
    Millikin Road Bridge #04.435
    Morgan Ross Road Bridge #01.106
    Myers Road Bridge #00.019
    Scott Road Bridge #00.618
    Somerville Road Bridge #01.989
    Estimated total project cost: $97,500
     
    CULVERTS
     
    LOCAL FUNDS BY FORCE ACCOUNT
     
    13 Culvert Replacements
    Bunker Hill Woods Road Culvert #01.131
    Hamilton Mason Road Culvert #02.347
    Millikin Road Culvert #06.685
    Reily Millville Road Culvert #03.183
    Reily Millville Road Culvert #03.525
    Reily Millville Road Culvert #03.938
    Reily Millville Road Culvert #04.823
    Reily Millville Road Culvert #05.059
    Reily Millville Road Culvert #05.618
    Stillwell Beckett Road Culvert #09.347
    Waynes Trace Road Culvert #01.527
    West Chester Road Culvert #03.193
    West Chester Road Culvert #03.230
    Estimated total project cost: $105,000
     
    INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS

    STATE ISSUE 2 FUNDS

    Contract 1997-CJ16A -- Two Intersection Improvements
    Tylersville Road at Kennesaw Drive
    Tylersville Road at LeSourdsville West Chester Road
    Contract amount: $1,398,910
     
    LOCAL FUNDS BY CONTRACT

    Contract 1997-15 -- One Intersection Signalization
    Beckett Road at Smith Road
    Contract amount: $50,817

    Contract 1998-# -- Three Intersection Improvements
    Cincinnati Dayton Road at Bethany Road
    Cincinnati Dayton Road at Kyles Station Road
    Kyles Station Road at Yankee Road
    Estimated total project cost: $200,000
    Photo: Cincinnati Dayton Road at Kyles Station Road -- one of three
    intersections in Liberty Township slated for improvements in 1998.
     
    LOCAL FUNDS BY FORCE ACCOUNT
     
    One Intersection Improvement
    School Road at Ohio 128
    Estimated total project cost: $10,000
     
    ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS

    FEDERAL FUNDS

    Cincinnati Dayton Road from Ohio 63 to Oxford State Road -- Widen to five
    lanes
    Contract amount: $5,288,304
    (Cities of Monroe and Middletown are contributing funds to this project.)
    Photo: Cincinnati Dayton Road is being widened to five lanes between
    Ohio 63 and Oxford State Road.
     
    Ohio 747 from Ashley Drive to south of Smith Road -- Widen to four lanes
    Contract amount: $3,029,000

    Reily Millville Road from Bunker Hill Woods Road to U.S. 27 -- Widen existing
    lanes and shoulders; realignment
    Estimated total project cost: $1,000,000

    Cincinnati Dayton Road from I-75 to Maud Hughes Road -- Widen to five lanes; upgrade I-75 interchange. Design and engineering; construction in 1999
    Estimated total project cost: $17,500,000

    STATE ISSUE 2 FUNDS

    Crescentville Road from Ohio 747 to I-75 -- Widen to five lanes. Design and engineering; construction in 1999
    Estimated total project cost: $2,000,000
    (Cities of Springdale and Sharonville will contribute funds to this project.)

    LOCAL FUNDS BY FORCE ACCOUNT

    Turn lane addition
    Ohio 128 at Ross High School
    Estimated total project cost: $10,000

PAVING

    All paving contracts will also include the resurfacing of various Township roads
    which will increase the estimated total project cost from the figures listed below.
    This information however was not available from the Townships until after the
    time of this publication.

    LOCAL FUNDS BY CONTRACT

    Paving of County (and Township) Roads
    20.7 miles of County paving:
    Augspurger Road - New Miami corp. To Wayne Madison Road
    Brown Road - Oxford corp. north and Preble County line south
    Bunker Hill Woods Road - Reily Millville Road to Garver Elliot Road
    Peoria Reily Road - Indiana state line to Springfield Road
    Stillwell Road - Ohio 732 to Bunker Hill Woods Road
    Stillwell Beckett Road - U.S. 27 to Ohio 177
    Estimated total cost: $971,734
     
    RAILROAD CROSSINGS
     
    Garver Elliot Road at CSX Crossing -- Lights and gates; realignment; elimination
    of nearby crossings at Law and Pierson Roads
    Estimated total project cost: $325,000
    (Funding: Federal, PUCO, CSX, Local)

    Garver Elliot Road at CSX Railroad in Reily Township will be upgraded
    to include lights and gates on a realigned crossing. Two dangerous
    crossings very nearby, Law Road and Pierson Road, will be eliminated.

    OTHER
     
    FEDERAL FUNDS

    Guardrail upgrades
    Hamilton Eaton Road
    Estimated project cost: $200,000

    Raised pavement markers
    Various County roads
    Estimated project cost: $200,000

    Bike path project
    Cox Road from Tylersville Road to U.S. 42
    Estimated project cost: $480,000
    (Additional funding: Union Township - engineering; BCEO - administration.)

    COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDS

    Contract B-F-97-009--1 -- Five projects
    Village of College Corner - Various street improvements
    Village of New Miami - Street resurfacing
    Village of Seven Mile - Storm sewer improvements
    Village of Somerville - Various street improvements
    City of Trenton - Storm sewer and sidewalk project
    Total project cost: $314,000

    LOCAL FUNDS BY FORCE ACCOUNT

    Annual weed spray for guardrail/Broadleaf/Johnsongrass
    Various County roads
    Estimated project cost: $21,000

    Drainage improvements
    Morganthaler Road at Jackson Road
    Tylersville Road at King Avenue
    Estimated total project cost: $20,000
     
    CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS MANAGED BY BCEO
    FOR TID

    TID Contract 97-09 -- Muhlhauser Road Extension, Construction of two bridges.
    Contract amount: $1,533,004
    Photo: Construction of Muhlhauser Road Extension bridge substructures last year.
     

1998 PROJECTED REVENUE

INTERGOVERNMENTAL REVENUE

Gasoline Tax: $1,098,674
Motor Vehicle License Fees: $5,329,700
Permissive Tax - State Levy: $763,999
Total: $7,192,373

INTRAGOVERNMENTAL REVENUE
 
Carryover: $2,829,003
Sales: $207,797
Fines: $360,036
OTHER:
Reimbursements: $552,140
Inspection Fees & Permits: $195,180
Other Motor Vehicle: $2,157,632
Sales of assets: $9,546
Local Sales Tax: $1,000,000
Total: $7,311,334

Total funds available: $14,503,707

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