October 30, 2014

Medina
Mostly cloudy
47°F

Brunswick signalization project wrapping up

BRUNSWICK — A yearlong citywide traffic signalization project to help with traffic flow in Brunswick will be completed in a few weeks.

City Engineer Ryan Cummins said construction work will wrap up Oct. 1, but bringing the system fully online could take until November.

Although the system isn’t fully operational yet, Cummins said motorists should see a difference traveling through Brunswick.

“What’s in place now is, in many instances, an improvement over what was there previously,” Cummins said.

Work on the signalization project began in August 2012. The $4.6 million project was made possible with help from a grant from the Federal Highway Administration. The city’s share for the project was $935,000.

The upgrade includes new signals, mast arm poles, control panels, fiber-optic communication lines and a central control system at the Police Department’s dispatching center.

The new system can be adjusted to accommodate heavier traffic flows during certain times of the day and during special events.

“We’ll see more and more capabilities of the system as we bring it online,” Cummins said.

On Monday, City Council members agreed to allow Cummins to work with TMS Engineers to draft a contract to provide traffic system support to the city.

“This is going to ensure we get the best out of the system we have,” Cummins told Council members.

Mike Schweickart, president of TMS Engineers, told Council members his agency works with other municipalities throughout Ohio and has experience with the type of system Brunswick has installed.

“This is one of the most advanced systems you can put in,” Schweickart said.

His office can connect to the city remotely to help make changes to the system. The firm will work on an as-needed hourly basis remotely, so there will be no travel costs associated with the work and the city will be billed only for the hours the firm puts in to improve their signals and ease traffic flow.

“We want someone with experience not only in traffic flow but in using this type of system,” Cummins said.

In the future, the system can be adjusted to accommodate traffic flow changes as the local landscape changes.

“This will be an ongoing thing as new developments occur or new employers come to town,” Cummins said. “We want to be able to get the most out of the capacity we have without having to add new traffic lanes.”

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.