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1999-2000 Annual Report
1999 Review....2000 Preview
 
Letter to Citizens | Butler County Data | Project Development | Funding Sources | 1999 Review |
1999 Income/Expenditures | 2000 Proposed Capital Improvements | 2000 Projected Revenue

1999 REVIEW
Projects and Activity

Click camera for photos throughout Report.

Butler County Engineer's Office employees worked a total of 144,758 hours with an average of 73 full time employees during 1999. 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 1999, the Butler County Engineer's Office was involved with the completion of projects totaling $9,628,504, including:

    • 15 bridge projects
    • 36 culvert projects
    • 3 intersection projects
    • 2 roadway improvement projects
    • 71.2 miles of paving
    • 3 railroad crossing projects
    • 611 miles of striping
    • 8 Block Grant projects

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 1999 activity, please read on.

1999 SUBDIVISION DEVELOPMENT IN BUTLER COUNTY

Liberty Township led Butler County in subdivision development during 1999 for the second year in a row.

Unincorporated Areas
Township

New Subdivision Plats
New Lots Acres Developed New Streets Miles of New Streets
Fairfield 11 355 167.3 25 3.4
Hanover 0 0 0 2 0.6
Lemon 1 39 14.2 3 0.3
Liberty 19 705 417.6 54 7.9
Madison 1 2 2.5 0 0
Milford 0 0 0 0 0
Morgan 1 3 8.1 1 0.04
Oxford 0 0 0 0 0
Reily 0 0 0 0 0
Ross 3 53 193.2 4 0.7
St. Clair 0 0 0 0 0
Wayne 0 0 0 0 0
West Chester 7 124 119.1 14 2.6
Total 43 1,281 922 103 15.5

Incorporated Areas
Township

New Subdivision Plats
New Lots Acres Developed New Streets Miles of New Streets
College Corner 0 0 0 0 0
Fairfield 7 143 163.5 14 1.4
Hamilton 9 94 359.9 13 1.9
Jacksonburg 0 0 0 0 0
Middletown 2 22 8.4 2 0.2
Millville 0 0 0 0 0
Monroe 12 277 161.5 21 2.7
New Miami 0 0 0 0 0
Oxford 6 49 25.2 5 0.6
Seven Mile 0 0 0 0 0
Sharonville 0 0 0 0 0
Somerville 0 0 0 0 0
Trenton 3 87 178.5 7 0.5
Total 39 672 897 62 7.3

TAX MAP SUMMARY

Activity

1999
1998
Sale of Plats $16,506.30 $15,006.25
Transfers 19,212 17,216
Parcel Splits 416 384
Survey Plats Recorded 395 466
House #s Assigned 1,165 637
House #s Verified 1,122 1,236
Bonds Recorded 19 5
Annexations Recorded 3 1
Annexations Checked 3 1

1999 Projects

This section includes a comprehensive listing of all projects that were completed during the 1999 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 1999. 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.

Fourteen bridges were posted with load limit restrictions at the end of 1999. This is down from over 40 load-restricted bridges just five years ago. The County Engineer's aggressive bridge program is designed to reduce and eventually eliminate all load-rated bridges.

Bridge summary 1999
Total: 15
Total cost: $3,062,509

Federal Funds

Contract 1997-5 - One bridge rehabilitation
Corso Road Black Covered Bridge
Total project cost: $804,832
See News Release for info and photos.
 
Contract 1998-504 - One bridge replacement
Indian Creek Road Bridge #00.498
Contract amount: $834,811
Before construction.
During construction.
During construction.
New bridge completed.
 
Contract 1998-505 - One bridge replacement
LeSourdsville West Chester Road Bridge #07.329
Total project cost: $418,492
Before construction.
During construction.
New bridge completed.
 
Contract 1999-603 - One bridge replacement
Hamilton New London Road Bridge #02.425
Total project cost: $265,737
During construction.
 
Local Funds By Contract
 
Contract 1999-1 -- Four Bridge Deck Replacements
Bonham Road Bridge #00.388
Myers Road Bridge #00.019
Scott Road Bridge #00.618
Tolbert Road Bridge #01.718
Total project cost: $205,957
 
Contract 1999-2 -- Four Bridge Deck Replacements
California Road Bridge #02.129
Gates Road Bridge #00.695
Morgan Ross Road Bridge #01.106
Schoenling Road Bridge #00.619
Total project cost: $159,925
 
Contract 1999-3 -- Two Bridge Deck Replacements
Mauds Hughes Road Bridge #01.400
Millikin Road Bridge #04.435
Total project cost: $106,842
 
Contract 1999-10 -- One Bridge Replacement
West Chester Road Bridge #01.616
Total project cost: $265,913

CULVERTS

The BCEO's Operations Department is responsible for the annual inspection of all culverts located on County and Township roads --- that number totaled 1,046 at the beginning of 1999. 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.

BCEO culvert crew.

Culvert summary 1999
Total: 36
Total cost: $327,397
 
Local Funds By Force Account
 
10 County Culvert Replacements
Cincinnati Dayton Road Culvert #09.655
Hamilton Mason Road Culvert #02.347
Jacksonburg Road Culvert #07.381
Layhigh Road Culvert #05.284
Layhigh Road Culvert #07.711
Millikin Road Culvert #03.151
Morganthaler Road Culvert #01.976
Waynes Trace Culvert #00.632
Waynes Trace Culvert #01.523
West Alexandria Road Culvert #00.048
Total cost: $111,802
Cincinnati Dayton Road culvert and catch basin installation.
 
One County Emergency Culvert Repair
Augspurger Road Culvert #01.834
Total cost: $1,238
 
25 Township Culvert Replacements
Butler Warren Road Culvert #04.565
Cochran Road Culvert #00.140
Cotton Run Road Culvert #02.738
Depot Road Culvert #00.375
Dunwoody Road Culvert #00.437
Dunwoody Road Culvert #03.853
Dunwoody Road Culvert #03.957
Gates Road Culvert #00.111
Gates Road Culvert #00.221
Gates Road Culvert #00.338
Gates Road Culvert #00.631
Gates Road Culvert #00.767
Harris Road Culvert #00.221
Harris Road Culvert #01.939
Huston Road Culvert #00.670
Layhigh Road Culvert #01.960
Mauds Hughes Road Culvert #01.138
Mauds Hughes Road Culvert #01.315
Morgan Ross Road Culvert #00.774
Morman Road Culvert #03.517
Oxford Middletown Road Culvert #05.748
Paullin Drive Culvert #00.100
Shollenbarger Road Culvert #00.326
Taylor Road Culvert #01.325
Thomas Road (Madison Twp.) Culvert #02.186
Total cost: $214,357
Construction of twin-pipe Culvert #00.111 on Gates Road.
BCEO crews remove old culvert on Harris Road
Shollenbarger Road pipe culvert installation.
New Thomas Road Culvert #02.186.
 
INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS
 
Intersection summary 1999
Total: 3
Total cost: $428,399
 
Local Funds By Contract
 
Contract 1999-13 -- One Intersection Improvement: Turn lane addition and signal upgrade (Contract also included paving. See Paving Contract 1999-13.)
Hamilton Mason Road at Ohio 747
Intersection portion of contract: $115,828
 
One Intersection Improvement -- Realignment
West Chester Road at Lakota West Drive
Total project cost: $287,261
(Funding: West Chester (Union) Twp/TIF)
 
Temporary signal installation
Wayne Madison Road at Ohio 73
Total project cost: $25,310

ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS

Roadway summary 1999
Total: 2
Total cost: $200,397
 
Local Funds By Contract
 
Contract 1999-4 -- Emergency repairs due to severe winter weather damage
Millikin Road from Ohio 747 to Yankee Road
Total project cost: $190,062
 
Contract R/0037/01/750 -- Curve realignment
Indian Creek Road between Imhoff Road and King Road
Total project cost: $10,335

PAVING

The Butler County Engineer's Office is responsible for 270.89 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.

Seventy-one miles of county, township, and municipal roads were resurfaced in 1999. This also includes berming of all major roads paved.
 
BCEO paving 1. Crews get ready to roll.
BCEO paving 2.
 
Paving summary 1999
Total miles: 71.2
Total cost: $2,323,594
 
Local Funds By Contract
 
Contract 1999-6 -- Resurfacing of various County and Township roads in Hanover, Morgan, Reily, and Ross Townships
Total miles: 13
Total project cost: $429,238
 
Funded by the County:
Layhigh Road - Ohio 748 to Hamilton New London Road
Stillwell Beckett Road - U.S. 27 to Ohio 177
Miles: 5.9
 
Funded by Hanover Township:
Gene Avenue - Stahlheber Road to cul-de-sac
Hussey Road - U.S. 27 to dead-end
Nichols Road - Lanes Mill Road to Reily Twp line
Miles: 2.2
 
Funded by Morgan Township:
Jenkins Road - South Wynn Road to dead-end
North Wynn Road - Layhigh Road to Ohio 129
Miles: 1.3
 
Funded by Reily Township:
Elgin Road - Stephenson Road to dead-end
Hart Road - Dunwoody Road to CSX Railroad
North Weaver Road - Dunwoody Road to Peoria Reily Road
Miles: 3.2
 
Funded by Ross Township:
Donna Marie Drive - Ohio 748 to dead-end
Moore's Road - Hamilton New London Road to dead-end
Miles: 0.4
 
Contract 1999-7 -- Chip seal of various County and Township roads in Oxford, Reily, Liberty, and West Chester (Union) Townships
Total miles: 14
Total project cost: $181,079
 
Funded by the County:
Crescentville Road - Windisch Road to Cincinnati Dayton Road
Gates Road - Ohio 129 to dead end
Hamilton Mason Road - Bypass 4 to Ohio 747
Kyles Station Road - Ohio 747 to LeSourdsville West Chester Road
Princeton Road - Ohio 747 to Cincinnati Dayton Road
Tylersville Road - I-75 to Butler Warren Road
Miles: 12.2
 
Funded by Oxford Township:
Shera Road - Stout Road to Taylor Road
Wallace Road - Woodruff Road to dead end
Woodruff Road - Wallace Road to dead end
Miles: 1.8
 
Contract 1999-8 -- Resurfacing of various County and Township roads in Milford, Oxford, and Wayne Townships
Total miles: 11.8
Total project cost: $454,933
 
Funded by the County:
Jacksonburg Road - Jacksonburg corp. to Preble County line
Waynes Trace Road - U.S. 127 to Tolbert Road West
Miles: 3.9
 
Funded by Milford Township:
Billy Circle - Ohio 177 to cul-de-sac
Depot Road - Wayne Milford Road to dead-end
Depot Road - Huston Road to Hamilton Eaton Road
Oxford Middletown Road - State Road to dead-end
Oxford Trenton Road - Huston Road to Hamilton Mason Road
Miles: 1.9
 
Funded by Oxford Township:
Booth Road - Kehr Road to CSX Railroad
Doty Road - Todd Road to Brown Road
Wallace Road - U.S. 27 to Woodruff Road
Miles: 2.1
 
Funded by Wayne Township:
Cotton Run Road - Taylor School Road to Ohio 73
Cotton Run Road - Oxford Middletown Road to Mill Road
Tolbert Road - Cotton Run Road to Jacksonburg Road
Miles: 3.9
 
Contract 1999-11 -- Resurfacing of various County and Township roads in Lemon, Madison, and St. Clair Townships and the City of Monroe
Total miles: 19.4
Total project cost: $834,387
 
Funded by the County:
Beissinger Road - Eaton Road to curve
Morganthaler Road - U.S. 127 to Trenton Road
Trenton Franklin Road - Ohio 122 to Ohio 4
BC Environmental Services service roads
Miles: 6.3
 
Funded by Lemon Township:
Carson Road - Yankee Road to Monroe corp.
Miles: 0.6
 
Funded by Madison Township:
Cedar Glen Way - Cloister Cliffs to cul-de-sac
Cloister Cliffs Drive - Sloebig Road to Thomas Road
Darl Drive - dead-end to dead-end
Dickey Road - Kalbfleisch Road to No Mans Road
Flora Lane - Middletown Germantown Road to cul-de-sac
Hoover Court - Middletown Germantown Road to cul-de-sac
Myers Road - Browns Run Road to Middletown Germantown Road
Oakcroft Circle - Cloister Cliffs Drive to cul-de-sac
Ora Lane - Middletown Germantown Road to cul-de-sac
Pleasant Hill Cemetery
Miles: 4.6
 
Funded by St. Clair Township:
Beissinger Road - Eaton Road to West Elkton Road
Four Mile Creek Road - Eaton Road to #784
Gephart Road - Augspurger Road to Trenton Road
Hawkins Road - Trenton Road to Gephart Road
West Elkton Road - Beissinger Road to New Miami corp.
St. Clair Township Administrative Center parking lot
Miles: 4.8
 
Funded by City of Monroe:
American Way - Ohio 63 to cul-de-sac
Breeden Drive - Lebanon Avenue to new section
Garver Road - Ohio 63 to Cincinnati Dayton Road
Lebanon Avenue - Garver Road to cul-de-sac
New Garver Road - Ohio 63 to Garver Road
Ohio Avenue - Britton Lane to Main Street
Seminary Drive - Britton Lane to new pavement
Todhunter Road - repairs near Ohio 4
Monroe maintenance garage
North Monroe Cemetery
Miles: 3.1
 
Contract 1999-12 -- Paving of Township Roads in Liberty, West Chester (Union), and Fairfield Townships
Total miles: 11.9
Total project cost: $325,689
 
Funded by Liberty Township:
Bethany Road - Cincinnati Dayton Road to Butler Warren Road
Hamilton Mason Road - Mauds Hughes Road to Cincinnati Dayton Road
LeSourdsville West Chester Road - Hamilton Mason Road to Millikin Road
Mauds Hughes Road - Princeton Road to N&S Railroad bridge
Mauds Hughes Road - Millikin Road to Kyles Station Road
Millikin Road - Cincinnati Dayton Road to Butler Warren Road
Moselle Drive - Liberty Fairfield Road to curb section
Sauterne Court - Moselle Drive to cul-de-sac
Sauterne Drive - Moselle Drive to curb section
Tarragon Drive - Hamilton Mason Road to cul-de-sac
Port Lane - Moselle Drive to cul-de-sac
Miles: 8.2
 
Funded by West Chester (Union)Township:
Butler Warren Road - Luster Drive to Tylersville Road
Lakota West H.S. driveway at West Chester Road and Lakota West Drive
Miles: 1.3
 
Funded by Fairfield Township:
Blue Heron Drive - Red Bird Lane to new section
Blue Ridge Drive - dead-end to dead-end
Conover Drive - Osage Drive to Ravena Drive
Crest Manor Drive - Green Crest Drive to Blue Ridge Drive
Gateway Drive - Headgates Road to dead-end
Green Crest Drive - Crest Manor Drive to #5896
Kimberly Drive - Pleasant Ridge Drive to dead-end
Logsdon Road - Hamilton Mason Road to cul-de-sac
Old Hickory Drive - Ann Elise Court to Crest Manor Drive
Pearl Crest Drive - Crest Manor Drive to dead-end
Pleasant Ridge Drive - Kimberly Drive to dead-end
Ravena Drive - Canastota Drive to dead-end
Redbird Drive - Gateway Drive to dead-end
Miles: 2.4
 
Contract 1999-13 -- Paving of County road in West Chester (Union) Twp (Contract also included intersection improvement. See Intersection Improvements Contract 1999-13.)
Total miles: 1.1
Paving portion of contract: $98,268
 
Funded by the County:
Windisch Road - Crescentville Road to Allen Road
Miles: 1.1

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, pavement repair, 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: $1,071,844
Piping along Hamilton New London Road at Black Road.
 
1999 Snow and Ice Control
 
A major outbreak of winter weather opened 1999 keeping snow and ice control crews in continuous operation for nearly two full weeks. Successive snow, ice, and freezing rain storms plodded through Butler County prompting issuance of a Level 2 Snow Emergency at one point. BCEO crews kept all roads open despite occasional salt delivery problems throughout the Midwest. Early March brought with it the season's last significant snow storm which dumped 6-9 inches of heavy wet snow. Most other snow events were relatively minor, including two light snows late in the year.
 
The Butler County Engineer's Office completed construction of a larger salt dome last year in a move to improve snow and ice control efficiency and reduce the risk of low salt supplies. The new storage facility holds 6,500 tons of salt on site as compared with the former 1,800-ton facility. A new truck with a wing plow for multi-lane plowing was also purchased. Outfitted with two blades, the truck is capable of handling two lanes in one pass.
 
A new Snowfighters page was developed here on our web site in 1999. The page provides an in-depth overview of BCEO snow and ice control as well as some local winter history. Motorists may also visit our Road Conditions page for status reports on state and local roadways during inclement weather.
 
Total road salt used: 3,093 tons (1998 = 1,594 tons)
Total calcium chloride used: 9,502 gallons (1998 = na)
Total man-hours utilized for snow-and-ice control: 6,534 hours (1998 = 2,117 hours)
Total labor cost: $110,986 (1998 = $42,135)
New salt dome construction: $167,500
New salt dome.
New salt truck with wing plow.

RAILROAD CROSSINGS

Railroad crossing safety is a major concern of the County Engineer's Office. The number of crossing accidents continues to decline in Butler County despite increased traffic volumes due in part to the BCEO's close work with major railroad companies.

Federal Funds
 
Contract 1999-601 -- One crossing upgrade and realignment; elimination of two nearby crossings at Law Road and Pierson Road
Garver Elliot Road (new section named Garver Stillwell Road) at CSX Railroad
Total project cost: $366,267
Old Garver Elliot Road / CSX Railroad crossing.
Newly realigned Garver Elliot Road.
 
Local Funds
 
Installation of new rubberized crossings
Morman Road at CSX Railroad
Trenton Franklin Road at CSX Railroad
Total project cost: $7,200
(Additional funding: CSX)
 
OTHER
 
Federal Funds
 
Contract 1999-602 -- Bike path project
Cox Road Bikeway from Barret Road to Tylersville Road
Total project cost: $343,522
(Additional funding: West Chester (Union) Twp. Engineering/Administration: BCEO)
 
Community Development Block Grant Funds
 
Contract B-F-98-009-1 -- Two projects
Madison Township - West Middletown storm sewer improvements
Millville, Village of - Liberty Street improvements
Total project cost: $202,740
West Middletown storm sewer installations along Trenton Franklin Road.
 
Contract CDBG-99-1 -- Six projects
Lemon Township - Oxford State Road flood and drainage improvements
Madison Township - Poasttown Heights flood and drainage improvements
Reily Township - Dunwoody Road improvements
Seven Mile, Village of - Mill Street storm sewer improvements
Somerville, Village of - Walnut Street flood and drainage improvements
Trenton, City of - Third Street resurfacing
Total project cost: $475,164
 
Local Funds By Contract
 
Contract 1999-5 -- Center lining and edge lining of various County and Township roads, and roads in the City of Monroe
Center miles: 200.5
Edge miles: 389.2
Multi lane miles: 21.6
Total project cost: $106,162
 
Embankment slip temporary repairs
Elk Creek Road
Total cost: $35,389
Elk Creek Road embankment slip.
 
Embankment slip repairs
California Road
Total cost: $15,645
 
Local Funds By Contract (Commissioner's Capital Improvement Program)
 
Contract CIP-99-1 -- Five projects
Hanover/Reily Townships - DeCamp Road repair and resurfacing
Liberty Township - Princeton Rd repair and resurfacing between Cin Day Rd and But War Rd
Morgan Township - Paving of new administration center
Seven Mile, Village of - Pennsylvania Ave repair and resurfacing; alley repair and resurfacing
Wayne Township - Tolbert Road repair and resurfacing from Ohio 503 to Cotton Run Rd
Total cost: $367,542
 
Local Funds By Force Account
 
Drainage Improvement
Morris Road at Dust Commander Drive
Total project cost: $16,247

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