More than $10 million has been cut from the Butler County Engineer’s Office budget for 2017 because the widening of Ohio 747 has been delayed due to utility relocation problems.
Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens removed $10.7 million from his department’s budget because the massive road widening and improvement to the major thoroughfare has stalled.
Butler County had planned to start construction in the fall on widening Ohio 747 between Princeton and Millikin roads in Liberty Twp. The $7.12 million project called for widening the major thoroughfare to five full lanes and adding sidewalks on both sides of the roadway.
The project also included adding a turn lane on Millikin Road to Ohio 747 and a turn lane from Ohio 747 to Princeton Road.