Posted: 4:20 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2013
Projected impact of the South Hamilton Crossing Project
• Boosts economic development for the city because it opens access to Miami University Hamilton, the city-owned 60-acre University Commerce Park and the Vora Technology Park.
• More than 3,500 permanent jobs could be created as a result of the project, according to an independent impact analysis.
• Improve traffic flow through the city as more than 11,000 vehicles that currently use the unsafe and substandard crossing at Pleasant and Central Avenues.
• Reduce the number of crashes and congestion on High Street when motorists use that route to avoid the nearly 60 trains that come through Hamilton each day. City officials said traffic is blocked at the current crossing for 15 percent during the day as well as nine other rail crossings during peak hours. The rail tracks bisect the city north to south and are mainlines for both the Norfolk Southern and CSX railroads.
• Improve public safety response times for police, fire and emergency medical services to residents and businesses. If the tracks are blocked due to passing trains, it could mean a detour of three miles and a minimum of 10 minutes added to the response time on a busy day.