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* News Release *
Monday, March 27, 2017
For Immediate Release

Butler County TID Project Will Improve Traffic Flow, Safety

A dead end road that serves an industrial park will soon become a major through route, relieving nearby roads of heavy truck traffic. Salzman Road will be extended from its current terminus northward to Todhunter Road where it will tie in at the Yankee Road west intersection. Yankee currently doglegs east on Todhunter and then south to Ohio 63, crossing a railroad in the process and forcing large semi-trucks to negotiate two sharp 90-degree turns.

Once Salzman Road is connected and aligned with the north section of Yankee Road, motorists will have a straight route between Todhunter and Ohio 63. This will provide much easier access to the commercial and industrial portions of Monroe and Middletown, lending a positive impact on the local economy. It will also pull heavy truck traffic off of nearby Yankee Road where it passes the Monroe school campus.

Project Development and Construction

The Salzman Road Extension is a project of the Butler County Transportation Improvement District (BCTID), which coordinated design and secured its funding. David Spinney, BCTID Executive Director, was pleased with the high level of local, regional, and state support. "There was no opposition to this project from public or private entities," he said. "We're grateful to ODOT's Division of Jobs and Commerce, as well as OKI and our local communities for their support and financial contributions."

Monroe City Manager William Brock is very pleased with the TID's work to bring the Salzman Road Extension to this point. "The project represents an important piece of the overall infrastructure plan of the City with the major goal of separating industrial and school traffic," he said. "The effort and cooperation by the TID, the City of Middletown, and the land owners working toward this project with us shows how we all can work together to benefit the area as a whole. We are excited that this can occur by the end of the year and that we can springboard off of this project to open up opportunities for economic growth in the area."

Middletown Public Works Director Scott Tadych added "The City of Middletown is excited to see this project coming to fruition. This is a critical piece of infrastructure to the South Middletown area that will benefit existing and future commercial and industrial development by providing direct access to State Route 63. The City of Middletown appreciates the effort and cooperation by the TID, City of Monroe, and the Butler County Engineer's Office along with the financial support of OKI and ODOT Jobs and Commerce to make this mutually beneficial project happen."

Spinney noted that the Salzman Road Extension has been identified as a needed project in the County Engineer's long range Thoroughfare Plan since 1994. It is also included in Middletown and Monroe's comprehensive plans.

The Butler County Engineer's Office (BCEO) will manage construction, which gets under way this week. Utility relocations will comprise most of the early work before actual road construction begins.

A construction contract was awarded to Kelchner of Springboro, Ohio which submitted a low bid of $1,817,258. Funding for the project consists of Federal money from the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) and State money from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). The cities of Middletown and Monroe will provide local matching funds to the Federal portion.

All work is scheduled for completion by December 31, 2017, weather permitting.

Maintenance of Traffic

No road closures are anticipated with this project since it is a new roadway extension. There may be some lane closures or short-duration intersection closures at Todhunter and Yankee Road for utility work and when tie-in of the new extension occurs.

Motorists are encouraged to check the Road Closings page here on the BCEO web site as the best source for possible closures or advisories concerning this project.

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For more information contact:

David L. Spinney, BCTID Executive Director
Phone 513.785.3452 • Fax 513.785.3444

Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849

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