Construction on Butler County’s seventh roundabout will close the Millikin/Maud Hughes roads intersection for two months beginning March 10 – a week later than originally planned due to an approaching storm and cold weather.
During the closing, local access up to the project limits will be maintained for Liberty Township residents, businesses and emergency vehicles. No vehicles would be permitted to go through the construction zone.
“This intersection has experienced a higher than average accident rate in the past,’’ said Greg Wilkens, Butler County’s engineer.
The intersection was converted to a four-way stop in October 2010 as a temporary measure to help reduce the number of accidents, said Chris Petrocy, spokesman for the engineer’s office.
Prior to that it was one of the top 10 intersections in the county for accidents, Petrocy said. Continued growth in the area and traffic going through the intersection increases the potential for additional accidents, he added.
“We believe that a roundabout is the ideal solution given their proven success at reducing the incidence and severity of accidents and the public’s growing acceptance of them,” Wilkens said.
Construction of the single-lane roundabout will be done by W.G. Stang LLC, which submitted the low bid of $569,367. An Ohio Public Works Commission grant will pay $256,215 of the cost.
Another $288,152 will be paid by the engineer’s office; and up to $25,000 will be paid by Liberty Township.
During the closure, eastbound Millikin Road motorists will detour south on Ohio 747, east on Princeton Road, north on Yankee Road and West on Millikin. Westbound traffic would reverse the route.
Northbound Maud-Hughes Road traffic will be detoured east on Princeton Road, north on Yankee Road, west on Kyles Station Road and south on Maud-Hughes Road. Southbound traffic would reverse the route.
Weather permitting, the road is expected to reopen the week of May 12.