One of Batavia Township’s most problematic intersections will get a boost of sorts sometime this summer when the Bauer Road, Old SR 32 intersection is closed for repairs and reconstruction.
The intersection, which is located just east of Batavia, currently features a large dip in a curve that creates a hiding place for oncoming traffic, resulting in several traffic accidents over the years.
“That’s a real bad intersection,” said Batavia Township Administrator Rex Parsons. “Given the growth with the Cross Pointe subdivision and the growth on the other side of SR 32 on Bauer Road, with the county offices, people coming to and from that generates a lot of traffic. You can’t see very far and there are more cars coming faster, making for a bad intersection. We’ve been wanting to address this.”
According to Parsons, the township and county will be working together to make the improvements, which will benefit both a township and county road. A grant will contribute much of the half million dollar pricetag for the project, which will also use matching funds from the county and township.
Clermont County Deputy Engineer Doug Royer said that the project will essentially improve sight distances at the intersection.
"We're going to improve that sight distance, there is kind of a blind spot," said Royer. "That's on the east side of the intersection, and we'll be replacing a bridge that will be raised and straightened."
As it currently exists, a small bridge is located in the deepest part of the blind spot, which is also in a bend in the road. The new project will raise it up and straighten that bend. In 2003, there were six accidents at the intersection, 14 in 2004, nine in 2005 and eight in 2006.
"The township identified this intersection to us," said Royer. "Batavia Township will put some matching funds into this. This is a bad intersection, but not terrible. The township just identified this and had funds they wanted to put towards fixing it."