Orange Barrel Season Approaches!

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It's not quite Orange Barrel Season in Beavercreek, but here is where you can expect to find them this year!

fairfieldBeavercreek (city and township!) does a wonderful job of applying for and winning state and federal grants for the improvement of our roads and bridges.  The levies we pass (including the current request) are typically used as matching funds required by most grants, therefore by having the money to post - we're able to secure funds for both short and long term projects.

There are those who'd rather wait and only repair/resurface/re-route roads once they're so deteriorated there's no alternative; however, in those cases communities are forced to act quickly and the funds spent are exclusively local tax dollars.  

monsterBeavercreek seems to win 'Best Community' awards a couple of times every year - both statewide and nationally.  Civic improvements play a big role in that!  And for the naysayers who don't care about awards... they want top dollar for their real estate as well!  These concepts are not mutually exclusive.

The following projects have already been approved and funded, with the exception of the last.  Each provides infrastructure improvement as well as quality of life for local residents:

Beavercreek Signals Interconnect Project (Phase 3)

Project Description: This project will expand the closed-loop fiber optic signal system. Work includes the installation of fiber optic cable along Indian Ripple Road and North Fairfield Road. The project also generally includes the following:

  • The reconstruction of the existing traffic signals at the intersections of N. Fairfield Road at Shakertown Road and Grange Hall Road at Indian Ripple Road
  • The installation of fiber optic cable along Indian Ripple Road and N. Fairfield Road.
  • Improved signal timings to better accommodate traffic flow.
  • Improved traffic management capabilities.

Status: The design work on this project is ongoing and is currently scheduled to be completed in late 2015. Right-of-way work began in 2015 and scheduled to be completed in early 2016. Construction is currently scheduled to begin in the summer of 2016.

My thoughts - This project completes last year's widening project between Shakertown and Seajay Drive.  These improvements will work hand-in-hand with another Shakertown Road project below.

 

Park Overlook Drive Completion

Project Description: This project will complete Park Overlook Drive between Grange Hall Road and Hibiscus Way.

Status: This project is currently scheduled to be constructed in 2016.

My thoughts - This also completes a prior project, the widening of the northernmost leg of Grange Hall Road from Kemp to Pentagon Blvd. (New Germany-Trebein Road to you and me!)

 

Grange Hall Road @ Shakertown Road Reconstruction

Project Description: The project consists of the reconstruction of Grange Hall Road at Shakertown Road to include the following:

  • Turn lanes
  • Sidewalk
  • Reconstructed traffic signal

Status: Design work is currently ongoing and is scheduled to be completed in 2015. Construction is currently scheduled to begin in 2016.

My thoughts - This project helps facilitate an issue before it exists.  There'll be a great deal of development and additional traffic through this intersection in the next couple years.  The construction of the assisted living facility on Shakertown is well underway, a church has purchased the northeast corner of the intersection, and there's a great deal of development land for sale to the north and northwest of the intersection.  During drop off / pick up times at nearby Ankeney Middle School, back-ups are common.  Turn lanes should help immensely!

 

Grange Hall Road Bikeway Project

Project Description: The project generally consists of the following components:

  • An eight (8) foot sidepath along the east side of Grange Hall Road between Patterson Road and Research Blvd.
  • Curb and gutter and new storm sewer along the east side of Grange Hall Road from Patterson Road to Research Blvd.
  • A new pedestrian/bike bridge over Little Beaver Creek east of the existing bridge.
  • Improved shoulders along the east side of the roadway for bicycle access.

Status: Design work is currently ongoing and is currently scheduled to be completed in late 2016. Right-of-Way acquisition is currently scheduled to take place in 2016. Construction is currently scheduled to start in early 2017.

My thoughts - This project will connect southwest Beavercreek to the Creekside Trail and US Bike Route 50.  75% of the funds are federal, with the bulk of local funds going toward engineering!!  This Bikeway will also alleviate the issue of bicyclists riding on Grange Hall Road and the associated dangers - especially at the peak of the hill.

 

Dayton-Xenia Road Widening Project

Project Description: The project generally consists of the widening of Dayton-Xenia Road from Woods Drive to
just east of Wallaby Drive with the following components:

  • Widen the roadway to three (3) lanes to provide a center left turn lane
  • Construction of an eight (8) foot sidewalk along both the north and south sides of the roadway
  • Curb and gutter
  • Storm sewer improvements
  • Extension of the culvert approximately 500 feet east of Research Park Drive

Status: Design began in 2014 and will go through 2016. Right-of-way acquisition is currently scheduled to take
place in 2016. Construction is currently scheduled to start in 2017.

My thoughts - This project, along with another below, widens the only remaining stretch of Dayton-Xenia Road between Meadowbridge Drive and the Montgomery County line to 3 lanes.  This will certainly ease the traffic pattern from the Library, past Peace Lutheran Church and up to where it currently widens at Wallaby Drive.

 

Indian Ripple Road Widening

Project Description: The project generally consists of the widening of Indian Ripple Road between Darst Road and Marydale Drive to include the following:

  • Provide a second eastbound through lane
  • Curb and gutter
  • Storm sewer
  • Lighting
  • A five (5) foot wide sidewalk along the south side of Indian Ripple
  • Access management

Status: This is a newly awarded project, and currently the City is working on finalizing the grant paperwork and coordinating with ODOT on the project schedule. It is anticipated that design work will begin in 2016 and go through 2017. Right-of-Way acquisition is currently scheduled to take place in 2017. Construction is currently scheduled to start in 2018.

My thoughts - Eastbound Indian Ripple Road bottlenecks at the intersection of Darst Road (at the Speedway Station).  This project provides an extra eastbound lane for two blocks to the intersecion of Marydale Drive (where Cassano's sits).  I'm unsure as to why the widening wouldn't continue to Grange Hall Road, but am assuming it's a grant issue due to a 75% federal contribution to the project.  Anyone who can provide more info can comment below!

 

National Road Widening Project (Phase 2)

Project Description: The project generally consists of the following components:

  • The extension of the second northbound thru lane on National Road to the City’s corporation limit.
  • The installation of curb, gutter, storm sewer, and sidewalk along the east side of National Road.
  • The construction of a northbound right turn lane on Grange Hall Road at the Col. Glenn Hwy.intersection.

Status: Design work began in 2015 and will continue through 2017. Right-of-Way acquisition is currently scheduled to take place in 2017. Construction is currently scheduled to start in 2018.

My thoughts - This one won't start for awhile, but it'll help eliminate the northbound bottleneck on National Road (yes, this is still Beavercreek!) just north of Colonel Glenn and Waffle House.  The bottleneck there frequently backs into the major intersection, especially during the 7:30 am and 4:30 pm WPAFB drive times... likely why the feds are kicking in 80% of the construction cost!

 

Dayton-Xenia Road Enhancements (Phase 2)

Project Description: The project generally consists of the following components:
The installation of brick pavers, lighting and landscaping
These improvements are planned along Dayton-Xenia Road, to the east and west of Grange Hall Road.

Status: Design work began in 2015 and will continue through 2017. Right-of-Way acquisition is currently scheduled to take place in 2017. Construction is currently scheduled to start in 2018.

My thoughts - This project is part of the Dayton-Xenia Road Master Plan and extends the beautification project completed at the intersection to the east and west along Dayton-Xenia.  80% of the funds are federal!

 

Dayton-Xenia Road Widening (E. Lynn Dr. to Woods Dr.)

Project Description: The project generally consists of the following components:

  • The widening of Dayton-Xenia Road to three (3) lanes, along with the installation of curb, gutter, and storm sewer.
  • The installation of sidewalks on both sides of the roadway.
  • The possible installation of on-street parking in certain areas

Status: This is a newly awarded project, and currently the City is working on finalizing the grant paperwork and coordinating with ODOT on the project schedule. It is anticipated that design work will begin in 2017 and go through 2019. Right-of-Way acquisition is currently scheduled to take place between 2018 and 2019. Construction is currently scheduled to start in 2020.

My thoughts - This is the other portion of the Dayton-Xenia widening project referenced above.  This covers the area from 'downtown' Knollwood to the intersection where the library sits.  This may include on-street parking spaces due to the right-of-way acquisitions.

 

Kemp Road Widening

Project Description: The project generally consists of the widening of Kemp Road between Grange Hall Road and
Meadowcourt Drive to include the following components:

  • The widening of Kemp Road to three (3) lanes for a center turn lane
  • Installation of curb, gutter, and storm sewer
  • Installation of an eight (8) foot wide sidepath along the north side of Kemp Road
  • Installation of a five (5) foot wide sidewalk along the south side of Kemp Road

Status: This is a newly awarded project, and currently the City is working on finalizing the grant paperwork and coordinating with ODOT on the project schedule. It is anticipated that design work will begin in 2017 and go through 2019. Right-of-Way acquisition is currently scheduled to take place between 2018 and 2019. Construction is currently scheduled to start in 2020.

My thoughts - Kemp Road continues to become more and more congestion as people avoid the traffic around the Mall at Fairfield Commons.  This project widens Kemp from Meadowcourt Drive, a block west of Idle Hour pool, to Grange Hall Road (although I'm unsure if it's Grange Hall at AAA Automotive or two blocks west where Grange Hall heads south again).

 

Shakertown Road Extension

Project Description: The project generally consists of the relocation and extension of Shakertown Road to
Factory Road and will include the following components:

  • Eliminate the US-35/Shakertown Road Intersection
  • Realign Alpha-Bellbrook Road to make a T-intersection with Shakertown Road west of Factory Road
  • Provide two (2) through lanes and four (4) foot paved shoulders
  • Intersection with Factory Road will be three (3) lanes wide to provide a left turn lane
  • Installation of curb, gutter, and storm sewer

Status: This is a newly awarded project, and currently the City is working on finalizing the grant paperwork and coordinating with ODOT on the project schedule. It is anticipated that design work will begin in 2017 and go through 2019. Right-of-Way acquisition is currently scheduled to take place between 2018 and 2019. Construction is currently scheduled to start in 2020.

My thoughts - Finally!!  This long-awaited project eliminates the direct access to and from US 35 from Shakertown Road.  This is such a dangerous intersection, especially at night and/or during major soccer tournaments at the Ankeney complex.  This project re-route Shakertown due east so that it intersects Factory Road.  Access to US 35 will then occur from Factory.

 

US-35 Corridor Improvements Project

Project Description: In 2004, the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) in cooperation with ODOT completed the Greene US 35 Corridor Study to recommend a strategy to convert the section of US 35 between the North Fairfield Road interchange and the Xenia Bypass to a limited access facility. The current project, GRE-35-4.26, focuses on the recommendations of the Corridor Study following ODOT’s Project Development Process (PDP). The PDP provides a framework for the decision making to take a project from the planning stages to construction. Additional information can be obtained at the MVRPC website. http://www.mvrpc.org/projects/us-35/gre 

Status: The project is currently in the environmental analysis and design phases. Environmental analysis was completed in September 2015. Design is currently scheduled to be completed in 2016. Please see additionalinformation on MVRPC’s website for current timetables for Right-of-Way and Construction. Please be advised that these dates are likely to change due to the Right-of-Way and Construction portions of the project currently being unfunded.

This is the next EAGERLY awaited project that is well above any local pay-grade due to its nearly $100M price tag.  In a nutshell this will do for Factory Road, Orchard Lane and Trebein / Valley Roads what benefitted the intersection of North Fairfield Road and US 35 years ago - removing the stoplights from the highway!  Follow the link above for all the details, but please support this proposal at every opportunity!

 

US35We made it through last year's projects, and now really enjoy how much easier it is to navigate the busiest parts of town!  Over the next couple of years we'll deal with the temporary inconveniences of construction zones, but will again emerge satisfied with the results - especially knowing that the bulk of each project was completed on grant money rather than our local tax dollars!

The thoughts in orange are mine alone and based upon nothing but my 30,000+ miles-in-my-car-per-year observations.  Please leave your thoughts, feelings, complaints and opinions below!  

 

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  • Comment Link Nanette Scheve-Hall Wednesday, 03 February 2016 21:26 posted by Nanette Scheve-Hall

    Who is responsible for repair/upkeep of the sidewalks? Will it fall on the property owners who lost part of their property for them?

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