Phase 1 of Butler Warren Road widening set to begin | News
BUTLER & WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Long anticipated improvements to a heavily traveled section of Butler Warren Road are about to get under way, according to officials from the Butler and Warren County Engineer's Offices. Construction is slated to start on the first phase beginning Feb. 27 which will require closing the road between Tylersville Road and Liberty Way / Mason Road for a period of about four months.
The Butler Warren Road improvement will be accomplished in four phases. Only the first phase will involve an extended road closure. After that, the remainder of the work will be performed under traffic with only a few short closures anticipated during Phase 3.
PHASE 1 -- Starting February 27, 2012, Butler Warren Road will be closed and rebuilt from 450 feet north of Tylersville Road to just south of Liberty Way / Mason Road. During this closure, businesses at the corner of Tylersville and Butler Warren will maintain access from Tylersville Road; however, residential access on Butler Warren within the closure area will be maintained from the north (Liberty Way / Mason Road) end only. Phase 1 completion is tentatively scheduled for early summer 2012 at which time the road will reopen.
Detour for PHASE 1: Northbound Butler Warren Road traffic will detour west on Tylersville Road, north on Cox Road, and east on Liberty Way. Southbound traffic will reverse this route.
The full project involves widening 2.2 miles of Butler Warren from two to five lanes between Tylersville Road and Bethany Road, thereby creating two northbound and southbound lanes plus a center turn lane. Plans also call for adding curb and gutter and building a shared use path along the west side of the road from Tylersville to Sweet Briar Drive. A sidewalk will also be added on the east side from Mason Road to Hampton Cove Court.
The new design addresses capacity issues inherent with the growth in the area, allowing for smoother, more efficient traffic flow. It will also facilitate safer pedestrian and bike travel, especially with the adjacent VOA MetroPark and large number of nearby subdivisions.
Since Butler Warren Road straddles the county line, the Engineer's Offices from both Warren and Butler Counties have been working together for many years to address the unique requirements specific to this project. Officials from West Chester, Liberty, and Deerfield Townships and the City of Mason have also had some involvement as well as the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). "This is a major upgrade that has taken many years to prepare due to the number of different jurisdictions involved, complicated right-of-way clearances, and a complex system of utility relocations necessary before construction could even begin," said Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens.
The majority of the work is scheduled for completion by late 2012, weather permitting; however, final paving, construction of the multi-use path, and general cleanup are slated for spring 2013. Any work-related road closures are expected to occur this year only.
A contract for construction was awarded last year to the John R. Jurgenson Company of Cincinnati which submitted a low bid of $9,971,021. Federal LPA and State OPWC grant money along with local matching funds from Butler and Warren Counties will be utilized to pay for the project.