DriveOhio, the University of Cincinnati and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Group (UAS) from Springfield are coming to Springboro to study traffic problems during peak traffic along the stretch of South Main Street in front of five local schools. Pictured is George Long, former business manager for Springboro schools, directing traffic at the high school after the first day of classes in 2005.

Drones to help Springboro help study traffic congestion

“These groups will be utilizing drone technology to determine current traffic patterns and gathering data to plug into different traffic models to determine better traffic signal timing and potential alternate routing to ease traffic congestion during peak school times,” according to an announcement Wednesday by the city.

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On Thursday, April 11, weather permitting, a drone test flight is to take off about 1:30 p.m. along Main Street, Ohio 741 in Springboro.

On Wednesday, April 24, weather permitting, six drones are to be flown simultaneously from 6:30 a.m to 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., when traffic backs up near the schools along the stretch south of Central Avenue, Ohio 73.

“These drones will gather aggregate data concerning overall traffic congestion and patterns,” according to the city announcement.

The drones will be flown high enough to prevent privacy issues, the statement said.

“Results from the study are expected within the next few months, and hopefully enough data can be garnered to make significant changes to traffic patterns and alleviate some of the congestion that is felt by motorists every day when school is in session,” the statement said.

DriveOhio is a state initiative to use technology to deal with transportation issues.

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