Residents are concerned that when Spooky Nook begins attracting 10,000 or more athletes and their families on weekends for tournaments, traffic will worsen. City Manager Joshua Smith has said he believes that traffic won’t worsen the rush-hour driving experience because most people who arrive for weekend tournaments will arrive after the Friday commute time, with most people leaving by Sunday evenings.
The traffic system is manufactured by Econolite. Its installation will include traffic video detectors, battery backups for each signal, fiber links among the signals and installation of handicapped curb ramps at every intersection that lacks them.
The city has received $2 million from the state toward the North Hamilton Crossing’s feasibility and engineering design, and that will be matched by $2 million from Hamilton, Perry said.
Some $4.2 million of the traffic-signal upgrades is coming through a federal Surface Transportation block grant administered through the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, known as OKI. The other $1.05 million is the city’s responsibility.
Mason already has such a system, which it uses to make speedy changes when the city learns Mason High School will release its students an hour early, or when a big storm hits Kings Island, unexpectedly sending thousands of people driving home for the day.
Mason’s system cost about $3 million to connect 48 intersections.