"Building Towards Butler County's Future"

Yankee Road and Salzman Road Extension
The TID is working the City of Monroe and the City of Middletown to connect Yankee Road from its current terminus at Todhunter Road to just north of State Route 63. The TID received grants for fiscal years 2015, 2016 and 2017 (7/1/14 to 6/30/17) funding to advance the engineering, right of way and construction on the project. The TID and two cities have an intergovernmental agreement agreeing to complete this work. The TID has construction funding through OKI and their STP program. The grant application calls for construction to start in state fiscal year 2017 (which is anticipated in the spring of 2017.) The TID Phase is pictured as Phase 4. 
Article from Journal News 5-7-17
Salzman Road extension project making progress
Construction is moving forward as a dead-end road that serving an industrial park in Monroe will soon become a major through route for heavy truck traffic to an industrial park in Middletown as well.

“Everything is on schedule to be finished by the end of the year,” said David Spinney, executive director of the Butler County Transportation Improvement District. He said utility relocations and site preparation work are underway for the Salzman Road extension.

“We’re almost done with the water line and the storm sewer should be completed in mid-May.” he said. “We’ve done a good bit of grading work to build up the profile of the road,” he said. “We had to strip a lot of topsoil from the ground to wrap up the utility work.”

Spinney said Duke Energy is scheduled later this month to raise the power transmission lines crossing the site.

The BCTID coordinated the design and funding for the $1.81 million project with the cities of Middletown and Monroe, Spinney said. He said the project is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 31, weather permitting and will be managed by the Butler County Engineer’s Office.

No road closures are anticipated with this project since it is a new roadway extension. However, there may be some lane closures or short-duration intersection closures at Todhunter and Yankee Roads for utility work and when tie-in of the new extension occurs.

Spinney said Salzman Road will be extended from its current terminus northward to Todhunter Road where it will tie in at the Yankee Road west intersection. Yankee Road currently doglegs east on Todhunter Road and then south to Ohio 63, crossing a railroad in the process and forcing large semi-trucks to negotiate two sharp 90-degree turns.

Once Salzman Road is connected and aligned with the north section of Yankee Road, motorists will have a straight route between Todhunter and Ohio 63. This will provide much easier access to the commercial and industrial portions of Monroe and Middletown, lending a positive impact on the local economy. It will also pull heavy truck traffic off of nearby Yankee Road where it passes the Monroe school campus.

Spinney said the road extension has been identified as a needed project in the BCEO long range Thoroughfare Plan since 1994. It is also included in Middletown and Monroe’s comprehensive plans.

A construction contract was awarded to Kelchner of Springboro, Ohio which submitted a low bid of nearly $1.82 million. Funding for the project consists of federal money from the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) and state money from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). The cities of Middletown and Monroe will provide local matching funds to the federal portion.

Monroe’s City Manager William Brock said the project represents an important piece of the city’s overall infrastructure plan with the major goal of separating industrial and school traffic.”

Middletown will see immediate benefits from the road extension as a $16 million distribution facility was recently announced for a 35-acre site near Yankee and Todhunter roads in the MADE Industrial Park.

Middletown officials are also excited to see this project becoming a reality. Middletown Public Works Director Scott Tadych said the project is a critical piece of infrastructure to the South Middletown area that will benefit existing and future commercial and industrial development by providing direct access to Ohio 63.

Article from Journal News 8-10-16
Road extension will give drivers easier access to I-75, Ohio 4

MONROE — By late 2017, Salzman Road could be extended north to intersect with a key Middletown road, giving truck drivers easier access to Ohio 4 and Interstate 75 and keeping the semis off other heavily traveled areas.

Monroe City Council on Tuesday approved an agreement with Middletown, the Butler County Engineer’s Office and the Butler County Transportation Improvement District for the $3.2 million project. Currently traffic follows Yankee Road, which doglegs to and from Todhunter Road.

Once the project is completed, the extension will align with Yankee Road and will provide a straight route for truck and commercial traffic between Todhunter Road and Ohio 63 for easier access to Ohio 4 and Interstate 75. The extension will enable semi-trucks to avoid a railroad crossing as well as the area around Monroe High School and Junior High school.

David Spinney, BCTID executive director, said previous agreements were to identify contributions needed from both cities to do the project.

“This codifies past actions and lays out a time frame for the project and when contributions are needed,” he said.

While Monroe approved its part of the agreement, Middletown City Council is expected to take final action on the agreement at its Aug. 16 meeting. Middletown gave the agreement a first reading last week.

Spinney said he expects the advertising for bids to go out in January and construction is tentatively scheduled for April with completion by the end of 2017. The BCTID will be managing the construction project for both cities, he said.

In addition, Spinney said Duke Energy is scheduled to raise the high tension electric transmission lines that cross the property for traffic to safely pass under. He said the electric utility can only de-energize those lines twice a year during low-demand times. That work is tentatively scheduled for November.

Earlier this year, Monroe officials said the road will have to be raised about five feet due to underground gas transmission lines under the property.

The Butler County TID is managing the project while the cities of Monroe and Middletown have agreed to pay for any overage costs for the design work as the TID was awarded a $237,000 grant to do the design work and a federal grant for $2.4 million to construct the road extension.

In his report, Monroe City Manager Bill Brock said Middletown is being asked to commit $240,000 toward the project while Monroe will be responsible for right of way acquisition as well as construction costs and a fee to the TID.

Brock said Monroe’s breakdown of its cost includes $15,124 previously approved toward design costs, up to $225,000 toward right of way (includes legal fees and other costs), $188,782 toward construction costs and $60,000 in fees to the TID for managing the project.

He said depending on the final bids on the project, the cities would agree to cover any additional costs associated with construction. Brock said the total cost to date for Monroe is estimated at $488,906. Total project costs are estimated at just under $3.2 million.


Last Updated: July 20, 2017