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Published: Sunday, September 03, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
Work on a Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek will prompt lengthy detours of Alex-Bell Road beginning on Tuesday.
The bridge located about 300 feet west of McEwen Road will undergo a total rehabilitation. Construction is expected to wrap up by Nov. 30, barring lengthy weather delays, according to Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner.
About 12,700 vehicles a day cross the 118-foot-long bridge, which has reached the end of its serviceable life, according to the engineer.
Through traffic will be required to take posted detours. The westbound detour for the project is Paragon Road to Miamisburg-Centerville Road to Yankee Street to Mad River Road. The eastbound detour for the project is Mad River Road to Whipp Road to Far Hills Avenue.
The project encompasses a total replacement of the current spans with three-span prestressed concrete spread box beams and a composite concrete deck.
Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 11:08 AM
— A floral memorial stands across from the site of a fatal incident earlier this month that resulted in the death of a Butler County woman who was assisting crash victims.
The crash and resulting death of the woman providing aid has heightened residents’ concerns about traffic safety in the fast-growing area along the Butler-Warren county line, east of Interstate 75.
Tina Campbell, 53, of Liberty Twp., died last Monday from injuries suffered on May 11 as she was helping victims of a crash on Butler-Warren Road at Heritage Club Drive.
Campbell, a wife, mother and grandmother, was popular with neighbors.
“She was a very sweet person,” neighbor Rita Armentrout said on Thursday after stopping to examine the memorial for Campbell at the entrance to the Hawthorne housing development of the Four Bridges Country Club, where they were backyard neighbors.
“We’re all sick about it. The neighborhood is just in shock over Tina’s death.
“She was the kind of person you always thought you wanted to get to know better. This is tragic, but it should bring attention to the fact this is a extremely dangerous intersection.”
According to the crash report, Campbell and Aaron Reed, 49, of Mason were out of their cars giving aid to Jagdish Makkar, 83, of Beavercreek, and Ciarra Witt, 18, of Monroe, after their crash at the entrance to the Heritage Club development. A 2011 Mazda CX-9 driven northbound on Butler-Warren Road by John Cowdery, 25, of Liberty Twp., swerved to avoid the disabled vehicles and “rotated counter-clockwise” into Campbell and Reed.
Campbell was pronounced dead at West Chester Hospital. None of the others were left with incapacitating injuries, according to investigators.
Investigators indicated they did not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor.
No charges have been filed, pending review by the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office of the crash investigation and a study of the role of speeding, according to the report.
Transportation officials from Butler, Warren and Hamilton counties are in the process of completing a series of road projects designed to improve traffic problems and safety on the stretch of Butler-Warren Road heading north from Hamilton County along the Butler-Warren county line, Warren County Engineer Neil Tunison said.
In addition, Tunison said a study is underway to attempt to convince the Ohio Department of Transportation to reduce the speed limit to 45 mph on the road, which widens from two to four lanes as it heads south near Monroe into Deerfield Twp. in Warren County along the boundary with Butler County.
“The speed limit is 55. Everybody goes 75,” said Marty Davis, who also lives in the Hawthorne development.
Davis pointed south toward where Butler-Warren Road crosses Liberty Way and said plans were underway to build more than 1,000 new homes on undeveloped land between Hawthorne and the intersection.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:00 AM
HAMILTON — Hamilton has approved a one-year extension with a company that provides an automated photo program to monitor vehicles’ speed in the city. The city created the program in 2009.
Before the 7-0 vote last week to continue the program with Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., council members were told the program is different than many that have found themselves in legal trouble.
Unlike other programs, Hamilton’s uses either a manned vehicle that is clearly marked or hand-held devices operated by officers, which avoid issues of drivers not being able to face their accusers. In fact, when Ohio lawmakers in 2015 approved legislation for procedures to be used under such programs, several aspects were modeled after the city’s program, council was told.
Before the decision, Vice Mayor Michael Ryan asked how much the program would cost city government. He was told the program has no cost to the city. Rather, of the money generated by the program, 65 percent goes to the city, while 35 percent goes to Redflex.
The city can cancel the contract at any time with 10 days notice without financial penalties. The program generates about $100,000 per year, which goes into Hamilton’s general fund.
Hand-held devices also can be used in marked cruisers.
Mayor Pat Moeller said it’s especially important to use the program in school zones and other sensitive areas for speeding to get people to slow down there. He said he is confident the program has helped reduce fatalities on Ohio 129, where the program has slowed vehicles.
Public Safety Director Scott Scrimizzi said the thresholds used in the program are high: “It’s 10 miles an hour over (the speed limit) in a school zone. If you’re going 10 miles over (in a school zone), you deserve a ticket. It’s 14 miles an hour over in a 35-mph zone.”
He added: “We do not have enough officers right now. Speeding is our No. 1 complaint, I would think, without question, that we get from our citizens.”
It’s hard to refute the citation when you can go onto your computer and see it is your car, and you’re driving it, officials said.
Scrimizzi added that former Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen, who is critical of such programs and spoke against them on WLW radio, accepted an invitation from the city to review Hamilton’s speed program and, “He said, ‘If everybody operated the program the way that you guys do, I would have no problem with it.’” Allen later went on WLW and expressed that view.
Resident Alfred Barron during a public hearing on the matter told council he thinks the program is good. In fact, he said he would like the program used in the areas of Knightsbridge Drive and Pershing Avenue, which he said sometimes can resemble “speedways” and where there have been several crashes in recent years.
When the under-construction South Hamilton Crossing is finished later this year, linking Ohio 4 with the area of Miami University Hamilton’s campus and the Vora technology park, that would be a good area for such enforcement, Barron added.
Police Chief Craig Bucheit agreed that speeding is probably the biggest complaint people express during neighborhood meetings and said, “This is just one of many tools we use to keep our streets safe.”
Published: Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 4:57 PM
LEBANON — A 17-year-old South Lebanon boy today admitted to two counts of vehicular assault in connection with the crash that sent four of his passengers to the hospital and triggered the extended closure of a road and bridge.
The Shawhan Road bridge was closed after the crash involving five teens on Jan. 5. It isn’t expected to reopen until warmer temperatures allow crews to complete the job, expected to take about a week, according to the Warren County Engineer’s Office.
The crash occurred when the 2012 Mazda M6 driven by the teen “went airborne, drove off the right side of the road, over corrected, drove off the left side of the road, drove through a guard rail, rolled and landed in a frozen creek bed,” according to the crash report.
It was the second time in recent years the bridge was closed due to a crash involving young drivers accused of hill-hopping.
Published: Sunday, February 04, 2018 @ 6:16 AM
— Light snow has been falling across the Miami Valley this morning and roads could be impacted throughout the day as one to two inches of fresh snow is forecast by the Storm Center 7 team of meteorologists.
Area law enforcement have reported slick road conditions in the area.
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