U.S. Route 42 Road Widening Project
Nov. 28, 2012 - Nearly all work is complete at this point. Mailboxes and permanent signs are to be placed over the next week.
Nov. 5, 2012 - The final course of asphalt is complete and contractors are finishing up punch list items and addressing last details.
Oct. 22, 2012 - Contractors with the Ohio Department of Transportation will complete the final course of asphalt this week. Once completed, contractors will address final punch list items before leaving the project area,
Responses to a few questions that have been raised:
Mailboxes: Property owners will get a new mailbox support. They will all be the same, basically a treated 4x4 post and a new mailbox. Either a plastic or metal one is considered acceptable. If a property owner wants their old box placed, contractors can do that as long as the old box is provided to the contractor. If the property owner wants a "fancier" Rubbermaid or similar box, contractors will install it if the resident purchases it and provides it. Neither contractors nor ODOT will go door to door asking, but if the contractor is approached, they will install it.
Ditch grading: ODOT is aware that some properties have a fairly steep ditch on the state right-of-way in front of houses and businesses. ODOT will do its absolute best to grade them and tie them into the existing yards. Some areas may still be steeper than the property may desire, but there is not much that can be done about it because the ditch needs to be graded to drain and curbs and catch basins create some limitations. ODOT has been adjusting many catch basins to make it look better and still function as designed, but in some cases not much can be done.
Final landscaping: The landscapers are working their way south with final grading which includes picking up large rocks and making the grass areas more uniform. They will also plant grass. The contractor has elected to use a residential grass seed mix as opposed to a roadside mix which will create a nicer appearance. Once there is a small stand of grass cultivated, the silt fence will be removed and that area cleared. Once that is complete, the project will no longer maintain the grass area.
Beautification of state right of way: It is commendable that so many property owners have expressed an interest in beautification in front of their businesses. It is, however, important to note that the state right-of-way along U.S. Route 42 is protected space because of safety issues and there is always the potential that utility lines, etc. may need to be accessed thereby disrupting items place there. Flowers and mulched areas are fine, but anything that could be considered a hazard or sight obstruction; cars, signs, planters, bushes, stone walls, etc. must be removed. ODOT's permits department will most likely check for right-of-way encroachments when the project is complete.
Once all is said and done, a final review of the project will be done to address any punch list items. ODOT has been trying to stay ahead of these issues, so there really shouldn't be much left after the week of the 29th. Most cleanup, silt fence removal, mail boxes, etc. will be done by the end of the week of the 29th.
The Ohio Department of Transportation will begin a significant road improvement project on U.S. Route 42 in the coming months. This project will result in a safer roadway for the travelling public, but in the meantime may cause some disruption in the project area.
This website page is being provided by West Chester Community Development to support U.S. Route 42 property owners and the travelling public through the lengthy construction process. It will include important information about the project, as well as resources for updates as construction progresses. It is always important to note that construction schedules are affected by many unplanned and unforeseen circumstances – weather, equipment failure, etc.
West Chester Township has no direct control over the construction process as this project is managed by ODOT. West Chester, however, will make effort to lessen inconvenience and support property owners through this process. Our professional community development staff is always here to help and is available to answer your questions. You can reach us at 513-777-4214 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The U.S. Route 42 project includes the widening of U.S. Route 42 to three lanes to provide a through lane in each direction and a middle two-way left-turn lane from Fields-Ertel Road north to Butler-Warren Road. Specifically, just north of Windwood Drive to just south of Butler-Warren Road. This widening is for areas where there is currently no turn lane. The project also includes the left turn lanes on both approaches of Dimmick Road, designed to provide safer roadway conditions for the traveling public. Project is scheduled to begin Spring 2011 with completion slated for Fall 2012.
Project Investment: $9.1 million
Bridging the Gap
Business operators and property owners along the U.S. Route 42 corridor will be invited to attend special meetings and workshops throughout the construction process designed to keep open the lines of communication with The Ohio Department of Transportation and providing resources that may prove beneficial throughout the project.
U.S. Route 42 Road Improvement Update meetings will be offered:
7:30 a.m., first Wednesday of every month
West Chester Township Hall, 9113 Cincinnati-Dayton Road