Two recently installed
Butler County roundabouts have proven so successful that a third
will soon be built and County Engineer Greg Wilkens said more
are being considered for the future. The intersection of Jacksonburg
Road and Morganthaler Road is a good roundabout candidate, according
to Wilkens, due to its skewed angle and the fact that it doesn't
meet state warrants for signals or a multi-way stop. The State
of Ohio has very strict requirements for placement of signals
and stop signs.
"Traffic on Morganthaler
must now stop at the intersection but Jacksonburg Road traffic
does not," said Wilkens. "Speed limits on both roads
are 55 MPH, which may seem high, but are actually in accordance
with state regulations for rural roads such as these." As
with signals and signage, the State also determines speed limits
based on various factors such as the amount of local development,
roadway features, and accident history.
"Our options for
improving this intersection have been limited so we believe a
roundabout is the most consistent short and long term solution,"
Wilkens explained. "It didn't take long for us to realize
their benefits, and feedback from motorists has been overwhelmingly
The Engineer's Office
installed roundabouts two years ago at Hamilton Mason Road and
Liberty Fairfield Road / Vinnedge Road as well as at Lakota Drive
West and Eagleridge Drive, both major intersections with substantial
traffic volumes. Accidents have decreased and traffic flow is
much smoother at each.
The new roundabout
at Jacksonburg and Morganthaler will be a single lane roundabout
that also addresses some of the sight distance problems at the
intersection. Crews from Mt. Pleasant Blacktopping will begin
work October 11 and are expected to complete the project by mid-December,
weather permitting. Mt. Pleasant was awarded the contract for
the job, submitting a low bid of $413,060. A combination of State
OPWC grant money and local BCEO funds will be used to pay for
For more information
and tutorials on roundabouts, please visit the Traffic
page here on the Butler County Engineer's web site. You can
also read about the BCEO's other roundabouts in this news
release from August 26, 2008.
Road at Morganthaler Road
Intersection Closing and Maintenance of Traffic
All four legs of the
Jacksonburg Road / Morganthaler Road intersection in St. Clair
Township will close beginning Monday, October 11, 2010 for the
above mentioned intersection improvement and roundabout installation.
The intersection is tentatively scheduled to reopen the week
of December 20, 2010.
Detour for Jacksonburg
Jacksonburg Road traffic will detour northwest on U.S. 127 and
east on Taylor School Road. Southbound traffic will reverse this
Detour for Morganthaler
Morganthaler Road traffic will detour south on U.S. 127 and northwest
on Trenton Road and Riverside Drive. Westbound traffic will reverse
Motorists are encouraged
to check the Road Closings
page here on the BCEO web site as the best source for possible
date and status changes concerning this closure.