By ALEXANDER WILLIS
Spring Hill city staff discussed optimizing the timing of traffic signals along U.S. 31 by conducting a new traffic study during Monday night’s city meeting.
Proposed by KCI Technologies, the traffic study would cost an estimated $82,750, and come from the city’s Adequate Facilities Tax.
“Spring Hill did [a signal optimization study] back in 2014,” said Alderman Matt Fitterer in a social media post. “With signal optimization studies, you need to update them every couple of years, and now’s a good time to update that 2014 study.”
The study would encompass 13 separate intersections along U.S. 31 from Crossings Boulevard to Thompson’s Station Road. Those intersections are as follows:
- Crossings Boulevard
- Town Center Parkway
- Kedron Road/Kedron Parkway
- Depot Street/McLemore Avenue
- Beechcroft Road/Duplex Road
- Miles Johnson Parkway (planned signal)
- Belshire Way/Commonwealth Drive
- Southern Walmart Access
- Campbell Station Parkway
- Wilkes Lane
- Williford Court/Tanyard Springs (planned signal)
- Buckner Road/Thompsons Ridge Road
- Thompson’s Station Road (located within the Town Limits of Thompson’s Station)
The Institute of Transportation Engineers, an international association of transportation experts, recommends cities reassess their traffic signal system performance every three to five years. Seeing as the last traffic signal timing study in Spring Hill was conducted in 2014, and the city’s population has increased by more than 6,000 since then, city staff’s agreement to the study came as little surprise.
KCI Technologies’ proposal not only includes the development of optimized traffic signal timing based on peak driving hours on weekdays, but on weekends as well, due to the large amount of commercial development along U.S. 31 that’s been developed in the last four years.
For the study to commence, the Spring Hill Board of Mayor and Aldermen must approve an amendment to the 2018-19 budget allowing for the additional expenditures of $82,750. Afterwards, the board must approve a resolution authorizing Mayor Rick Graham to execute the professional services agreement. If both are approved, the study can commence immediately.