FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A major step was taken Friday in a project that will put a new type of intersection on the Route 4 Bypass in Butler County.
Traffic was moved to new pavement built west of the existing Bypass 4 at Symmes, Tylersville, and Hamilton-Mason Roads. The intersections are being rebuilt as so-called "superstreet intersections", that will be the first in Ohio.
The new intersections are very complex, but they are designed to simplify traffic. In the Ohio Department of Transportation video linked in the web version of this story, the intersection reduces waits at stop lights by eliminating conventional left turns on the main road, and by eliminating both left turns and straight through passages on the side roads. That traffic instead goes on side lanes and u-turn lanes around and through the intersection.
The routing means that there are only two traffic cycles at the central intersection: Stop and Go.