By Megan Alley
The Clermont County Transportation Improvement District approved a resolution designating and approving inclusion in the Regional Transportation Improvement Program of the Buckwheat Road Improvements Project and related actions during their most recent meeting on June 9.
The project is part of the Clermont County Public Library’s new Miami Township branch, located at 5920 Buckwheat Road, which is expected to open in March 2018.
“We’ve known all along that we needed to do some road improvements,” Theresa Herron, Clermont County Public Library communications manager, said. “It’s been a part of our process.”
The project involves widening the road in front of the new library.
“When a road widening takes place, the county requires the road to be brought up to code,” Herron said in an email.
The county also is requesting a turn lane into Miami Township Community Park, located across the street from the new branch.
“We don’t want traffic to suffer a great deal because we’re moving in,” Herron said. “We want to make sure that it’s as safe and as convenient for motorists as possible. Not just for the library, but for the two schools and the church and the park, and there’s a subdivision just catty-corner to the where the library entrance will be.”
New berms and striping will also be added.
However, the road will not be repaved as part of the project. Instead, it will be repaved in two to five years, inline with the county engineer’s regular resurfacing schedule, according to Herron.
Next, the library board will review the project and make a decision in the future.
Construction is slated to start this summer, and work is expected to be finished by the time the library opens.
Herron could not provide a total estimated cost for the project.
“Until the bid is advertised, I would be guessing on price; I can’t state that with any authority,” she said.