Butler County Engineer
Greg Wilkens announces the start of an extensive roadway improvement
to Ohio 747 in Liberty Township. This major safety project will
widen the heavily traveled two-lane stretch of road to five lanes
-- two northbound, two southbound, and a center turn lane --
from Princeton Road to Millikin Road, a distance of 1.1 miles.
Right turn lanes will be added on northbound 747 to eastbound
Princeton Road and on eastbound Millikin Road to southbound 747.
The project also includes construction of a shared-use path and
sidewalks along both sides of the roadway. Additionally, curb
and gutter will be added, signals and storm sewers upgraded,
and several culverts will be replaced.
Construction will take
place while maintaining the current two lanes of traffic a majority
of the time. Work is expected to get under way next week and
will be completed by mid-September, weather permitting. The project
was originally slated to begin last fall but was delayed due
to utility relocation issues.
and Inter-Agency Collaboration
"This is essentially
the next phase of widening Ohio 747 northward to accommodate
increasing traffic volumes that have resulted from continued
development in Liberty Township," Wilkens said. "The
increased safety and capacity benefits from this project are
significant. The Engineer's Office is happy to be partnering
with ODOT in an effort to facilitate its construction."
Butler County has a
history of collaboration with the Ohio Department of Transportation
(ODOT) to expedite needed improvements on state-maintained highways.
The BCEO and the Butler County TID have each partnered in the
past with ODOT as well as the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana (OKI) Regional
Council of Governments and the townships to secure funds for
various sections of Ohio 747 and other state roads and intersections.
A construction contract
for the project has been awarded to Barrett Paving Materials,
Inc. of Middletown which submitted a low bid of $7,044,984. Funding
consists of Federal money plus local Liberty Township and BCEO
Two lanes of traffic
will be maintained at all times with the exception of a 3-day
weekend closure for a culvert replacement. Those dates have not
yet been determined. There will also be occasional lane shifts
on 747 to accommodate removal of old pavement and move traffic
onto permanent pavement. Access to businesses and side streets
will be maintained throughout the course of the project; however,
a 30-day closure of Willow Ridge Drive for drainage, curb, and
pavement tie-in will be necessary. This closure is most likely
to occur in mid-spring.
Motorists may encounter
occasional delays through the construction zone and are encouraged
to find alternate routes in an effort to reduce possible congestion.
Motorists are encouraged
to check the Road Closings / Traffic
Advisories page here on the BCEO web site as the best source
for possible date and status changes concerning this project.