North Hamilton Crossing (NHX)
North Hamilton Crossing (NHX)
Thank you for visiting! The City of Hamilton (City), in partnership with the Butler County Transportation Improvement District (BCTID), developed this site to share more information about improvements being studied in the north Hamilton area to make travel between the east and west sides of the City easier and safer. The site is organized as a self-guided tour through a series of pages that highlight the issues we are working to address.
Begin by reviewing the OVERVIEW discussion in the section below. To advance between pages, click on the green CONTINUE button located at the bottom of each page. You can also move back and forth between pages by clicking on the tabs at the top of the discussion section. If you'd like to see larger versions of any of the graphics, click on the image and a larger version will pop up on the screen. Additional project-related information is posted under REFERENCE MATERIALS section of this page.
If you need any language translations, click on the TRANSLATE button located near the top of this page. If you need any other assistance to review these materials and/or provide comment, please contact Allen Messer at (513) 785-7286 or Allen.Messer@hamilton-oh.gov.
In recent years, the City of Hamilton has been experiencing a resurgence of economic growth and redevelopment. Major new development includes 27 new restaurants, retail, and entertainment businesses; the Saica corrugated packaging manufacturing facility; several new mixed use apartment buildings; and the redevelopment of the Champion Mill property into the Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill complex which is expected to attract a million visitors a year. While these changes have had a positive impact on jobs and progress in our community, they’ve also amplified local transportation challenges including:
- Inefficient roadway connections to major state routes and interstates
- Difficulty traveling between the east and west sides of Hamilton, both on streets and across bridges
- High crash rates at key intersections
- Travel delays caused by congestion and frequent train crossings
- Lack of adequate sidewalks and bike paths
- Few public transit alternatives
Recognizing that these issues need to be addressed to better support our businesses, residents, and visitors both now and in the future, the City and the BCTID have already completed multiple improvements including:
- Construction of the South Hamilton Crossing (SHX) Jim Blount Overpass (completed in 2018) to provide an overpass across four busy CSX railroad tracks, reduce travel times, increase safety and provide improved access to the Miami University Hamilton Campus, Vora Technology Park, and 60+acres of vacant land;
- Completion of several improvement projects on Main and High streets to make needed repairs, support higher traffic volumes, remove overhead utilities, replace old water mains and improve streetscapes;
- Reconfiguration of Rhea Ave. and North B Street to support better traffic flow to and from the Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill Complex;
- Implementation of vehicle and pedestrian safety improvements along the Main Street corridor;
- Reconfiguration of the intersection of SR 177 (Main St.) with Cereal, Haldimand, Western, and McKinley to improve traffic flow;
- Improvements to SR 129 (High St.) at the US 127 (MLK) and SR 177 (Main St.)/Milleville Ave./Eaton Ave. intersections;
- Installation of smart traffic signals to automatically adjust to changes in traffic flow (to be completed in 2021 and 2022).
We are now beginning another effort, referred to as the North Hamilton Crossing (NHX) project, to improve traffic flow through the northern part of Hamilton. Our study area, highlighted yellow in the map below, extends between NW Washington Blvd. and North B St. on the west side of the Great Miami River, and US 127 (North 3rd St.), SR 4 (Erie Blvd.) and SR 129 at Hampshire Dr. on the east side, all north of SR 129/High St. The need for improvements in this area was first documented in the BCTID's 2002 transportation study, and while only identified as a concept, it has remained a priority in Plan Hamilton, the City’s comprehensive plan.
Your Input is Needed
Public input is important and will be used to guide project development and decision-making. Multiple public feedback opportunities will be available as this study continues. Questions and comments can also be sent to the project team any time via this website, or by email, mail or phone. Contact information is provided in the Project Contact section of this site.
The questions you see below and on the following pages of this site are questions that were asked as part of the Public Input Opportunity that was held in September 2021. Although the questions are now closed, the responses we received have been left up for public review. You can also review the results by reading the Public Input Opportunity Summary Report.
INITIAL DATA COLLECTION
PUBLIC INUT OPPORTUNITY #1
August 29, 2021 - September 30, 2021
DEVELOP & EVALUATE PROJECT ALTERNATIVES
Fall 2021 - Fall 2023
PUBLIC INPUT OPPORTUNITY #2
IN-PERSON PUBLIC MEETING
January 23, 2023 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Fairwood Elementary School
281 N. Fair Avenue
VIRTUAL PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
January 23, 2023 – March 12, 2023
IDENTIFY A PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE
PROCEED TO DETAILED DESIGN
Begin Early 2024
Following the detailed design phase of project development, the project team will focus on obtaining any necessary environmental clearances and right of way. The timing of construction has not yet been determined and will depend on the improvements to be made and availability of funding; work is expected to be completed in phases. The soonest the first phase of construction would begin is 2026.
PUBLIC INPUT SUMMARY
In September 2021, a virtual public input opportunity was held to share information about the NHX project with the public and gather their input. The online site received more than 4,300 views and nearly 1,600 individuals provided their input. Below is a link to the report summarizing the responses received.
The Stakeholder Committee consists of individuals representing local organizations, businesses, neighborhoods and other groups that have a vested interest in the project and the area in which it will be located. Members are charged with serving as liaisons between their constituents/neighbors and the project team in between public input events.
Materials from Stakeholder Committee meetings are below.
Meeting #1: November 9, 2021
- Stakeholder Committee Meeting #1 Notes (presentation slides are included in the notes)
Meeting #2: February 2, 2022
- Mtg 2 Conceptual Alternatives Overview
- Mtg 2 Conceptual Alternatives Plan Sheets
- Mtg 2 Conceptual Alternatives Evaluation Matrix
- Mtg 2 Evaluation Factors
- Stakeholder Committee Meeting #2 Notes (presentation slides are included in the notes)
Meeting #3: May 4, 2022
- Mtg 3 Conceptual Alternatives Overview
- Mtg 3 Alternatives A through E1
- Mtg 3 Alternatives AC through BE
- Mtg 3 NHX Evaluation Matrix
- Stakeholder Committee Meeting #3 Notes
Meeting #4: October 4, 2022
Project team members Allen Messer, City of Hamilton, and Dan Corey, Butler County Transportation Improvement District, spoke about the NHX project on WVXU's Cincinnati Edition on January 20, 2022. Click here to listen to the interview.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Allen Messer, P.E.
Assistant Director of Engineering
City of Hamilton
345 High Street | Hamilton, OH 45011