Sue Kiesewetter reports:
Work to widen a one-mile stretch of Millikin Road in Liberty Township begins Oct. 1 and will continue through mid-November.
While the work is being done the road will be closed between Liberty-Fairfield Road and Ohio 747.
Township trustees say they are pleased that county officials are upgrading the road.
“It’s a well-needed improvement and addresses a safety issue,’’ said Trustee Pat Hiltman. “They’re taking an old farm road and bringing it up to current standards for safety.”
It is one of several projects – and the second improvement to Milllikin Road – completed in the last 12 months in the growing township. Last spring a section of the road between the north and south legs of LeSourdsville-West Chester Road was improved.
Other projects included adding a roundabout at Kyles Station and LeSourdsville-West Chester roads and the widening of Butler-Warren Road currently underway at the townships eastern edge.
“With recent and coming development in the area, Millikin Road is carrying more and more traffic,’’ said Greg Wilkens, Butler County engineer. “This project will make it much safer for cars, buses, and trucks which share the roadway.”
The John R. Jurgensen Company was awarded the contract to do the work, after submitting the low bid of $645,008. It will be funded entirely from the Butler County Engineer’s Office budget.
Existing lanes in the one-mile stretch of roadway will be widened from 10 feet to 12 feet. Crews will also add two-foot wide pave shoulders and a two-foot earth berm. Driveways and drainage features will be reconstructed to accommodate the widening.
Although the road will be closed during construction, access will be maintained for residents, businesses, school buses and emergency vehicles. All others will have to use detours.
Eastbound Millikin Road traffic will detour south on Liberty-Fairfield Road, east on Princeton Road and north on Ohio 747. Westbound traffic would reverse the route.
The road is expected to reopen sometime during the week of Nov. 19, weather permitting.
Updates on the status of the work will be posted at www.bceo.org
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