Deerfield Township is in the process of upgrading street signs on all Township roadways. The new street signs which meet the new Federal Highway Administrations requirements for signs, also include the Township logo. This will help residents identify which roads actually belong to Deerfield Township. The overall replacement project will take 4 years to implement.
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The turn lane has been constructed, but we have decided to postpone the actual roadway resurfacing, until Socialville-Foster road reopens. The increased traffic on Irwin-Simpson, due to the Socialville-Foster bridge closing, has made it extremely difficult to complete the resurfacing work. At times during our attempt to begin the full depth pavement repair, traffic was backed up in excess of 45 minutes, which was entirely too long. We had also considered performing the work at night, but did not want to create the disruption to the residents who live along that section of Irwin-Simpson. The current plan is to resurface Irwin-Simpson between Duke and Columbia as soon as Socialville-Foster reopens, weather permitting. If it gets too late in the year and temperatures are not condusive to paving operations, we will resurface the road first thing in the spring of 2017.
The Township collaborated with the City of Mason to apply for Federal Transportation Alternative funds, through OKI Regional Council of Governments, to construct a new pathway along Mason-Montgomery Road, just north of Bethany. This new pathway will create an important link in the communities pathway network by connecting to Fleckenstein Park. The Township and City were successful in their application and have been awarded the funding to construct the pathway. The Engineering and Right-of-Way acquisition will be conducted in 2015. Actual construction will take place in 2016-2017.
Deerfield Township plans to widen Mason Road from Butler-Warren Road to 400 ft West of Maxwell Drive. The project includes new construction with full depth pavement, widening of existing roadway and bridge, multi-use path, curb and gutter, new storm sewer, pavement markings, and updated signage. This project was funded through a partnership between Deerfield Township and the Warren County Engineer, who successfully received a 49% match from the Ohio Public Works Commission. Right-of-Way acquisition and utility relocation work is scheduled to take place throughout 2016. We expect to bid the project out for construction in early 2017.
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Irwin-Simpson Road is now open between Snider and Butler-Warren. This widening project was completed two months ahead of schedule. The new safety improvements and pedestrian walkway are a great improvement for that stretch of roadway. In the coming months, residents will be able to connect into the new sanitary sewer system that was constructed as part of this project. We thank everyone for their patience and understanding while this improvement project was underway.
The Township has constructed a new service facility complex at 3378 Townsley Drive, the location of old fire station 57. Construction began in early 2015. The project was entirely funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and did not utilize or impact any of the residential property taxes collected. All funds came from the commercial taxing districts which are within established TIF areas.