South Hamilton Crossing
The South Hamilton Crossing (SHX) project connects Grand Boulevard with University Boulevard by replacing an at-grade railroad crossing with an overpass and half-mile roadway extension. The bridge offers residents and visitors uninterrupted flow across the railroad tracks, reducing congestion caused by the significant daily train traffic. Additionally, the overpass improves access to Miami University Hamilton Campus, Vora Technology Park, and 60 acres of vacant, development ready land at University Commerce Park. In 2018, the overpass was renamed Jim Blount South Hamilton Crossing in honor of Jim Blount, a famous local historian and longtime advocate for the project.
South Water Treatment Plant
The South Water Treatment Plant (SWTP) draws raw water from 16 deep wells in the Great Miami Valley Buried Aquifer, one of the finest sources of water in North America. The source of water, in combination with the treatment process and dedicated staff, have earned the City of Hamilton numerous awards and accolades. In 2015, the City of Hamilton won the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting competition and was recognized for producing "The Best Tasting Tap Water in the World". On average, the SWTP produces 14-19 million gallons per day (MGD) with capacity to produce 40 MGD.
Over the past 6 years, old electromechanical relays have been replaced with modern state-of-the-art relays in 9 of 10 substations. The new relays have reduced costs, outages and downtime while improving reliability. The modern relays provide high-speed, secure, and dependable fault detection, accurate fault location, and comprehensive automation and control functions. In summary, when an outage occurs today, the new relays provide our crews with the information they need to restore power - no more guess work.
Meldahl Hydroelectric Facility
The Meldahl Hydroelectric Facility is a joint venture between the City of Hamilton and American Municipal Power (AMP). AMP, a non-profit corporation, serves as a joint action agency for a consortium of electric generating and/or distributing cities located in Ohio and several other states. In addition to Hamilton, a founding member of AMP, approximately 47 other cities, through membership in AMP, are participating in the Meldahl Hydroelectric Facility. As a project participant, the City of Hamilton receives 51.4% of all energy produced at Meldahl, while the other AMP member communities are entitled to the remaining 48.6%.
This 105 mega-watt (MW) hydroelectric plant, located on the Ohio River near Augusta, Kentucky, began full commercial operation in April 2016. The Meldahl Hydroelectric Facility is projected to generate approximately 550 million kilo-watt hours (kWh) of clean, renewable energy annually.
Greenup Hydroelectric Facility
This 70.2 mega-watt (MW) hydroelectric plant is located on the Ohio River near Franklin Furnace, Ohio. Greenup generates approximately 282 million kilo-watt hours (kWh) annually and was placed into commercial operation in May 1982. Beginning with the commercial operation of Meldahl in April 2016, Hamilton sold 48.6% of Greenup to American Municipal Power (AMP). Under the Meldahl/Greenup agreement, Hamilton operates both facilities. Greenup continues to be a key component of the City's green energy portfolio.