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Cincinnati-Dayton Improvement Project
Project through Olde West Chester to begin June 14
A significant roadway improvement to Cincinnati Dayton Road in West Chester Township is slated to get under way starting June 14. According to Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens, the road will be widened to add capacity and smooth out traffic flow through Olde West Chester, enhancing motorist and pedestrian safety.
"This is a project that's been in the works for a number of years," Wilkens said. "The Engineer's Office partnered with West Chester Township to coordinate with local businesses and residents in the project area. Everyone had the same goals -- to make the area safer for motorists and pedestrians while enhancing the aesthetics and business climate of Olde West Chester. We appreciate everyone's involvement and hard work. Many ideas from our interaction and the feedback received were incorporated into the final project design."
Project Overview and Need
There is a need to widen Cincinnati Dayton Road to accommodate existing and projected traffic, reduce roadway congestion, and improve motorist and pedestrian safety. Specifically, the project will include:
- Widening 1.1 miles of Cincinnati Dayton Road from two to four lanes from West Chester Road north to near the I-75 ramps. The resulting roadway will be two northbound lanes, a center turn lane for safety, and one southbound lane.
- Realignment of Station Road slightly to the south of the existing alignment to improve geometrics at the LeSourdsville West Chester Road / Cincinnati Dayton Road intersection.
- Widening the Cincinnati Dayton Road bridge over the East Fork Mill Creek.
- Replacing the Station Road bridge over the East Fork Mill Creek.
- Constructing curbs and new ADA-compliant sidewalks on both sides of Cincinnati Dayton Road.
- Installation of a new closed storm sewer system.
This project is included in the Butler County Engineer's 2007 long range Thoroughfare Plan and supports West Chester Township's community and economic development goals by improving traffic mobility and safety to areas of ongoing development.
"Olde West Chester is one of the longest continually operating business districts in the community and new investment continues to revitalize the district while maintaining its character. This project addresses motorist and pedestrian access and safety, but also demonstrates a commitment to preserve and invest in the future success of Olde West Chester. Sidewalks, roadway improvements to enhance travel, new lighting and a pocket park will all further define this corridor and re-imagine its historic roots," said Township Administrator Larry D. Burks. "Roadway construction projects are always impactful to those in its path. We hope the community continues to support the small businesses of Olde West Chester during this time and the patience of all involved is greatly appreciated."
A construction contract for the project has been awarded to Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. of Middletown which submitted a low bid of $7,793,109. The BCEO secured Federal grant money to pay for the majority of construction. West Chester Township will provide local matching funds.
All work is scheduled for completion by the end of September 2019, weather permitting.
Construction Phasing, Closures, Maintenance of Traffic
Various utility crews have been working in the area for over a year to relocate above and below ground utilities, including electric, phone, and cable lines, plus water and gas mains. Once actual construction gets under way, the project will be built in two overlapping phases:
- Phase 1 - Start: June 14, 2018. Construction from West Chester Road to Station Road including the Station Road realignment and bridge replacement. Suspend for the winter: December 2018.
- Phases 1 & 2 - Start: spring 2019. Resume Phase 1 and begin Phase 2 from Station Road to just south of the I-75 interchange. Complete: September 2019.
NOTE: While project construction is suspended for the winter, utility work will continue in the construction zone.
Traffic will be maintained along Cincinnati Dayton Road and all side streets throughout the project's duration, although motorists may encounter occasional delays. Access will be maintained to all businesses and residents; however, commuting motorists are encouraged to utilize alternate routes in an effort to ease congestion in the work zone.
It will be necessary to close Station Road just east of Cincinnati Dayton for the bridge replacement beginning later this summer. Approximate dates for this closure are August 6 through mid-November.