“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,” Butler County Engineer Greg 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.”
A construction contract for the project was awarded to Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. of Middletown, which submitted a low bid of $7 million. Funding consists of federal money plus local Liberty Township and BCEO funds.
Two lanes of traffic will be maintained at all times with the exception of a three-day weekend closure for a culvert replacement. Those dates have not yet been determined.
There will also be occasional lane shifts on Ohio 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 will likely occur in mid-spring.
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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 also encouraged to check the BCEO web site as the best source for possible date and status changes or closures concerning this project – www.bceo.org/roadclosings .