Route 747 Widening Phase 3
|posted May 31, 2007
The TID has contracted with John R. Jurgensen for the construction of
this project. The TID is preparing for the start of the project with a
preconstruction meeting on March 23. The project will start in mid-April.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year and will
complete the four lane section from the county line to SR129.
January 4, 2007
The TID has hired ME
Companies to serve as construction manager for the project. ME Companies
has handled the final scoping, advertising and bidding for the widening
project. The bids are due by January 9 with the TID expected to select
a contractor by mid February. The project will start in spring and should
be completed by the end of 2007.
June 2, 2006
The TID has secured right
of entry on all parcels along the phase 3 corridor. There are a few right-of-way
issues outstanding but none will delay the construction of the project.
The utility companies are anticipating moving the poles in the fall of
2006 now. The TID is advertising on the ODOT website for construction
management services. Once a provider is secured, the TID and construction
manager will work on the construction scope and would anticipate bidding
the project in the fall of 2006. This would enable the contractor to take
care of some of the non-routine work before the majority of the construction
starts in the spring of 2007.
December 16, 2005
The TID executed the LPA Agreement with ODOT and corresponding intergovernmental
agreements with Liberty and West Chester Townships in the past month to
move the project along as scheduled. The TID is in the process of finalizing
appraisals for all necessary properties in the project area. The construction
plans are nearing completion for final review and the project appears
to be on schedule. Expect to see utility poles being moved in the area
around the Spring of 2006.
July 13, 2005
The TID has started property appraisals along the corridor having now
completed the title work. The engineering is nearing completion with the
gas main data incorporated into the drawings. The project is still on
track to start construction in the summer of 2006.
February 22, 2005
The TID has submitted final right of way plans to ODOT for approval. The
TID is anticipating appraisal and title work to start on the necessary
parcels by the end of February. The TID is performing additional work
for historical evaluation around the Methodist Church entrance. The TID
does not see this as an issue.
October 10, 2004
The TID requested qualifications statements for ROW acquisition services
and received information from five firms. The TID is anticipating approval
of a contract at the November TID Board Meeting. There are approximately
50 parcels and easements that will need to be acquired for this project.
Due to utility relocation timing, the start of the project is being pushed
back from fall 2005 until summer 2006.
September 13, 2004
The TID held a public information meeting on September 9 to inform the
public of the status and preliminary design on the project. This project
has been anticipated since the TID first completed Phase I in 2000. Final
right of way plans are scheduled for submission to ODOT by November 1st.
The TID will be soliciting requests for qualifications related to right
of way acquisition services shortly.
August 18, 2004
Stage 1 design plans were reviewed by ODOT on July 9, 2004. The TID, with
Liberty and West Chester Townships, is holding a public meeting on September
9 from 7pm-9pm at the West Chester Township Hall. The purpose of the meeting
is to present the preliminary design and construction plans of the project
to adjacent property owners and other interested parties in the SR 747
corridor. Letters went out to interested parties earlier this week and
publication in the local papers will be coming shortly.
In order to
try and help the public understand the various phases of the 747 widening
project and which government is actually completing the phase, the TID,
in connection with West Chester and Liberty Townships and ODOT, is putting
together a brochure. We anticipate the brochure being ready within the
next several weeks. Below are some pictures for the various phases.
of Phase 1 - Port Union to South of Smith Road
of Phase 2 - South of Smith Road to Tylersville
of Phase 3 - Tylersville to Michael A. Fox Highway
of Phase 4 - Michael A. Fox Highway to North of Princeton
The Board of
Trustees authorized the Director at the August meeting to proceed with
a contract by KZF for engineering on the third phase (Tylerville to SR129)
of State Route 747. The contract is being funded by agreements from West
Chester and Liberty Townships.
State Route 747 (SR747) is one of Butler County's most important north
south arteries. State Route 747 extends from the Tri-County area through
the eastern portion of Butler County to a connection on State Route 4
north of Hamilton. Over the past decade, the section from what is now
the Michael A. Fox Highway through Port Union Road continues to turn into
traffic gridlock at peak hours.
At the end
of 2000, the TID widened the portion of SR747 from Port Union Road to
just south of Smith Road "Phase I". The Butler
County Engineer's Office will be starting "Phase II" in
the spring of 2004 continuing from that point to Tylersville Road.
portion, referred to as "Phase III", will widen the road from
Tylersville to the Michael A. Fox Highway. With the recent census data
starting to confirm what everyone already knew, the urban boundary will
be moved northward. The importance of this adjustment is that through
OKI now that project will be eligible for federal SURFACE TRANSPORTION
PROGRAM (STP) funds.
The OKI Board
passed the current funding plan on February 13 and the State Route 747
Phase III project was part of the approved projects. The TID is working
on updating the environmental study as well as initiating the engineering
for this project. We expect to be able to start construction on the project
during calendar year 2005.