In January, the Village met with the Ohio Department of Transportation along with the City of Reading to embark on a signal retiming study for traffic in the areas identified as the Ridge Road and Columbia Avenue corridor that flows through Amberley and Reading. This study is being conducted by TEC Engineers and fully funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to implement new timing and look at possible improvements to signal operation along the corridor.
In addition to traffic light retiming that will facilitate the flow of traffic, the Village is seeking a left turn arrow on Ridge at Ronald Reagan westbound to improve traffic flow. Currently, there is not a dedicated left turn arrow which the Village believes would be safer and minimize traffic backups. TEC Engineers has identified the series of lights at Fuhrman and Ronald Reagan as quite complicated due to their proximity and ownership. The City of Reading controls the north signal on Ridge for Ronald Reagan westbound (where the Village is seeking a left turn arrow) and the State of Ohio controls the south signal on Ridge for Ronald Reagan eastbound.
TEC Engineers has begun to make modifications to the signals. You may notice some improvements however, providing adequate green time for traffic demand, given competing simultaneous demands from vehicles, will continue to be a challenge. In essence, there are peak periods of time when there is too much traffic for an intersection to physically process or when demand patterns vary to the extent that signal equipment cannot be programmed realistically to accommodate the broad range of hourly/daily/weekly/monthly traffic fluctuations, or when too many conflicting movements require excessive green time (for example, heavy left-turn movements and through movements from multiple approaches at one intersection).
The Village will continue to monitor the traffic flow and pursue the left turn arrow on Ridge at Ronald Reagan westbound.