11 traffic signals changing along Ohio 747 in West Chester

Cars can be seen lined up on Ohio 747 south from Smith Road during an evening commute. STAFF FILE PHOTO
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Cars can be seen lined up on Ohio 747 south from Smith Road during an evening commute. STAFF FILE PHOTO

In hopes of bettering travel efficiency along a busy state route in West Chester Twp., 11 new traffic signal controllers with updated signal timing will be installed.

“The installation and coordination of these new devices will improve travel efficiency along the route,” said Tammy Campbell, Ohio Department of Transportation District 8 Deputy Director. “This effort will also reduce stopping times, decrease fuel consumption and help offset growing congestion in the area.”

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The 11 traffic signals included in the project involve the Ohio 747 intersections at:

  • Devitt Drive
  • Duff Road
  • Provident Drive
  • Muhlhauser Road
  • Rialto Road
  • Port Union Road
  • Union Centre Boulevard
  • Beckett Town Center
  • Smith Road
  • Hutzleman Way
  • Tylersville Road

“The intersecting streets will experience slightly longer wait times because of the adjusted timing, but we don’t anticipate significant access issues,” Campbell said.

Average daily traffic volumes along Ohio 747 in this area are between 20,000 and 26,000, according to ODOT.

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The new timing devices will be installed Oct. 17. Each of the 11 intersections will be set on flash mode for five to 10 minutes to complete the work. Motorists should be alert when driving through the intersections.

The timing will be fine-tuned over several weeks after installation to adjust for newly created traffic patterns, according to ODOT.

The project is estimated to cost $35,000.