A portion of Hamilton-Mason Road near West Chester will be closed for three months in Fairfield Township so that it can be widened.
About 1,400 feet of Hamilton-Mason Road between the north and south legs of Morris Road, will close July 15. Only residents living in that section will be allowed access.
“We’ve been talking about this project for a few years,’’ said Chris Petrocy, spokesman for the Butler County engineer’s office. “It’s a safety issue, especially since development in the area has increased traffic.”
While the road is closed, crews will construct dedicated left turn lanes from Hamilton-Mason Road onto either leg of Morris Road. Rack and Ballauer Excavating Co. will do the work, after submitted the low bid of $348,991.
Money to pay for the project will come from the Butler County engineer’s budget. Weather permitting, the road is expected to reopen the week of Oct. 14.
Eastbound Hamilton-Mason Road traffic will detour north on Ohio 4 Bypass, east on Princeton Road and south on Liberty-Fairfield Road. Westbound traffic would reverse the route.
Nearby Tylersville Road is expected to open before work on Hamilton-Mason begins.
The Nasty Boys reunited this past week. It was the first time that the trio got together for a signing. Photo taken by Adam Kiefaber.
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Lt. Jon DeWitt. Photo provided.
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Construction will begin Monday on a roundabout at the intersection of Kyles Station and Yankee roads in Liberty Township.
Some neighbors don’t believe a roundabout at the intersection is needed and don’t want it built. County officials disagree and say the design of the roundabout forces drivers to slow down, improving safety.
“We’ve had great success with our previous roundabouts where they have significantly reduced accident rates and improved efficiency,” said Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens.
When completed in mid-August, the roundabout will be the sixth the engineer’s office has constructed at major intersections in Butler County since the first was built in 2008.
In a roundabout, traffic enters or exits by making right turns into or out of the structure, yielding to traffic from the left.
“Our experience has been that once drivers become accustomed to modern roundabouts they genuinely like them and recognize the safety benefits firsthand,” Wilkens said.
Building a roundabout will be the second step the engineer’s office has taken since 2009 – when there were seven accidents at the intersection – to slow traffic and improve safety in that area.
The intersection was switched from a two-way stop to a four-way stop in 2010, said Chris Petrocy, spokesman for the Butler County engineer’s office. There was one accident in 2010 and none through the end of 2012. (more…)