By Megan Alley
The start date for construction work on the Buckwheat Road Improvements Project, which is part of Clermont County Public Library’s new Miami Township branch, has been pushed to next year.
The new library branch, located at 5920 Buckwheat Road, is expected to open in March 2018.
The Clermont County Transportation Improvement District, which is slated to oversee the roadway project, made the announcement during its regular meeting on July 14.
“Construction was contemplated last month that we would try to do it as quickly as possible; try to get things done before school started in August, but we as a collective group just decided to push that construction back until next summer to assure enough time to get all the work done in the offseason, so to speak, and get the right of way and all the moving parts that needed to happen,” Pat Manger, Clermont County engineer, said. “It was just going to be really, really tight trying to get it in this year, and so the folks at the library asked that we push that back for construction next year.”
The project involves widening the road in front of the new library.
Additionally, the county is also requesting a turn lane into Miami Township Community Park, located across the street from the new branch.
New berms and striping will also be added.
“The road will likely be under construction in July 2018,” Craig Stephenson, Clermont County chief deputy county engineer, said. “The project is expected to take one or two months to complete.”
He added, “With all the moving parts, it was just better to push the construction back.”