Thursday, May 20, 2004

Ohio 747 widening begins in June



By John Kiesewetter
The Cincinnati Enquirer

WEST CHESTER TWP. - Expanding Ohio 747 from two to five lanes between Smith Road and Tylersville Road will begin in June, Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens announced Wednesday.

Two traffic lanes will be maintained on the busy north-south artery - it carries about 24,000 vehicles a day - during the 13-month construction, he said. Access to all businesses will be maintained, though motorists may experience some delays, he said.

When the $4.9 million project is completed in summer 2005, work will begin on widening Ohio 747 from the Michael A. Fox Highway (Ohio 129) through the Princeton Road intersection in Liberty Township.

Construction also has started in Hamilton County on the Ohio 747 underpass, just north of Interstate 275 in Springdale. It will take two years, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The Butler County Transportation Improvement District and the county engineer's office are working on plans to widen Ohio 747 from Tylersville Road to the Fox highway in 2006.

E-mail jkiesewetter@enquirer.com




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