Citywide Signal Upgrade, Phase 1
In 2017, the City was awarded $2.5 million in federal dollars through the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission to upgrade signal systems along primary travel corridors. The goal is to reduce congestion and improve safety. The existing system, installed in 1999, is outdated and does not include current technology to manage increased vehicle movements along major roadways such as William Street, Central Ave, Sandusky Street and London Road. Additional upgrades funded through the Fire Department include the installation of emergency vehicle pre-emption at key intersections to improve incident response times.
System-wide upgrades to communication infrastructure utilizing a mix of existing fiber, new expanded fiber and wireless radios, improved signal timing, replacement of obsolete signal controllers, installation of traffic monitoring cameras, expanded emergency vehicle preemption, and upgraded pedestrian signals. The benefits are anticipated:
- Reduce congestion and delay at intersections, while improving overall travel time through each corridor by installing equipment that can communicate “real time” traffic conditions for the entire system, eliminating isolated signal controllers.
- Reduce emissions and improve quality of life along corridors, particularly during rush hours.
- Increase safety by reducing the risk of accidents that are typically as result from congestion.
- Improve safety and reduce congestion during power outages by installing uninterruptible power supplies at each signalized intersection.
- Improve safety and reduce response times by installing emergency vehicle pre-emption, which allows the signal to grant a green indication to approaching emergency vehicles.
- Improve safety and reduce congestion into the future by installing equipment with technology features that are compatible with autonomous and connected vehicles. These technologies provide an opportunity to extend the life of the City and MORPC’s investment into this essential / critical infrastructure project.
Schedule and Status
Study & Design 2018 – 2019: In Progress
Property Acquisition 2020: In Progress
Construction/Activation 2021 – 2022: Pending
Local Funding: $575,000
Local Fire Department Funding: $500,000
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