“Aside from constructing a new bridge or an underpass, I think it’s the most significant improvement we can make to our system,” Logan said.
The “central based traffic signal system” will upgrade the city’s 97 traffic signals with video detection abilities, through which cameras installed on the signals allow the system to “see” traffic building up at the intersections, so the traffic signals can be adjusted — on their own, in some cases — to improve the traffic flow.
Also part of the upgrade will be fiber communication, new controllers that have battery backup, and handicap ramps that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“This system will be designed to allow us to have more information from the traffic that’s occurring on our city streets and be able to do some direct controlling of those signals, and the signals themselves will be intelligent signals, so they can do some of that management of the traffic themselves,” Engle said.
“Our desire and goal is to concentrate on our main corridors … initially, on the construction, so we get those traffic signals that have the smart, intelligent controllers so that we can deal with some of the traffic that’s going to be ocurring when Spooky Nook opens about that same time,” Engle said.
Steve Hartke, Mason’s assistant city engineer, told this news outlet in November that his city’s system was still being phased in, but, “the benefits have already been seen,” including on Kings Island Drive, Mason-Montgomery Road, and Ohio 741.