- Briefing Room
Butler County, Ohio
|Project Sponsor / Borrower||
Butler County Transportation Improvement District / Ohio Department of Transportation
The Butler County Veterans Highway (State Route 129) is a 10.7-mile, four-lane, east-west state highway connecting the City of Hamilton, Ohio with I-75, about 25 miles north of Cincinnati. The highway includes three intermediate interchanges with two state routes and a local road.
When I-75 was constructed in the 1960s, Hamilton became the second largest city in the U.S. without a direction connection to the Interstate. Originally designated the Michael A. Fox Butler County Regional Highway from the highway's opening in Fall 1999 until June 2004, the connection to I-75 had been long sought by local officials primarily for economic development reasons. The region capitalized on a new governmental organization authorized in Ohio in 1993 called a Transportation Improvement District (TID). The Butler County TID is jointly governed by the county, two cities, including Hamilton, and three townships in the region. It has the power to finance, construct, maintain, repair, and operate transportation systems within the region using state and federal funds, interest proceeds, local government contributions, and a three percent administration charge on construction projects managed by the TID. The TID has authority to issue debt. It also helps build regional consensus on transportation priorities and seeks opportunities to expedite implementation of needed projects.
The $158.5 million project opened in December 1999 after 19 months of construction. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) funded construction of the highway through a lease-purchase agreement with the Butler County TID, under which the TID initially agreed to maintain the highway for 20 years and complete related improvements to local roads. Under a revised agreement struck shortly before the route opened, ODOT took on the highway's maintenance obligation.
$158.5 million (including right-of-way acquisition, design, and construction)
Revenue bonds repaid from the Butler County Transportation Improvement District Debt Service Fund - $158.5 million
|Project Delivery / Contract Method||Design-bid-build|
|Project Advisors / Consultants||
KZF and LJB Engineering - Design
Kokosing Construction Company - General Contractor
M.E. Companies - Contract Administration
Resource International - Construction Management and Inspection
Smith Barney and Seasongood & Mayer - Underwriters
Financial Security Assurance, Inc. - Bond Insurance
|Duration / Status||
Construction from May 1998 to December 1999
Closed. Bonds issued on October 1, 1997.
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