Downtown Akron Traffic Advisories

Visit www.driveakron.com for up to date traffic closures/detours for the city of Akron.

Main, Howard and Perkins Streets and MLK Blvd Closure
Starting February 7, 2017 for approximately 6 months

As part of the Oak Park Renewal (SR-59) project and the Old Main Sewer Separation project, Kenmore Construction, G. Stephens, H.R. Gray and the City of Akron are currently planning to close the intersection of MLK Jr. Blvd. / N. Howard St. / N. Main St. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, for the relocation of existing utilities and the lowering of the entire intersection. This intersection is planned to be fully re-opened to all traffic by early August 2017.

For N. Howard St., south bound traffic will be detoured using E. Tallmadge Ave., N. Main St. and E. Market St. Local south bound will be detoured using W. North St. to W. Market St. The north bound traffic will be detoured using E. Market St., Broadway, N. Main St., E. Tallmadge Ave. to N. Howard St.

For MLK Jr. Blvd., east bound traffic will be detoured using the Downtown/Cascade Parking/Market St. exit from SR-59 E, Dart Ave., W. Market St., Broadway to MLK Jr. Blvd. West bound traffic will be detoured using N. High St., E. Market St. to Rand Ave.

**Access to Furnace Street for the Northside District businesses will remain available from N. Howard, N. Summit and E. North Streets.

Please remember to drive safely and obey all road construction signs.

Click here for the full press release.
Click here for map of intersection closure with Summit St as the detour to the Northside.

Signs alerting drivers to the upcoming closure will be posted in the area starting this week. Information about the closure along with maps showing different detours will be available at DriveAkron.com. For questions or concerns, please contact the Mayor's Action Center at (330) 375-2311 or 3-1-1.

FirstEnergy Building Project
February 1-7 W. Mill St. between Akron Centre parking deck and High St.

Adena Corporation and First Energy are planning to begin work on the installation of a new chiller unit on top of the First Energy building, which is located at 76 S. Main St., on February 1. This work is planned to be completed by February 7, 2017.

During this time, the west bound side of W. Mill St. will be closed from S. Main St. to approximately 250 feet west. The detour will be south on S. Main St., W. Bowery St., Quaker St., Ash St. to W. Mill St. where traffic will be able to make a U-Turn below the skywalk and head west on W. Mill St. Due to the size of the crane that is needed for the installation, there will be some crane assembly and disassembly required which will require the additional closure of S. Main St. in both directions between W. Market St. and Mill St. The west bound side of Mill St. between S. High St. and S. Main St. will also need to be closed during these times.The assembly will be performed after 7pm on February 1st and the disassembly is scheduled to start after 7pm on February 6th. This work is expected to last approximately 12 hours on both days.

During these times, south bound S. Main St. traffic will be detoured using E. Market St., N. High St., E. Bowery to S. Main. North bound traffic will be detoured using E. Mill St., Broadway to E. Market St. West bound Mill St. traffic will be detoured using S. High St., E. Bowery St., Quaker St., Ash St. to W. Mill St. where traffic will be able to make a U-Turn below the skywalk and head west on W. Mill St.

Rack 21/Old Main Sewer Separation
Ongoing until September 2017
Work will impact the following areas in and around the Northside: Furnace St., Ridge St., Howard St. Summit St., Perkins St.
Click here for timeline and contact information for project manager.

Interstate 76 in the city of Akron
(Until further notice)
I-76 eastbound and westbound between Main St. and the Central Interchange has occasional nightly lane restrictions between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. for roadway construction. This work is part of a $15.6 million project to remove three bridges on I-76/I-77 over Johnston St. The project also includes the relocation of Johnston St. between Spicer St. and Brown St. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by late July 2017.

Main Street in the city of Akron
(Monday, November 28 - Until further notice)
Beginning Monday, November 28, the following roads will be PERMANENTLY CLOSED:

  • I-76 westbound ramp to Main St. / Voris St. The detour is I-76 westbound to Broadway to E. Thornton St. to S. Main St.
  • E. South St. between S. Broadway St. and Miami St. The detour will be E. Miller Ave. to Bellows St. to E. South St.
  • Sweitzer St. between E. Thornton St. and E. Crosier St. The detour will be E. Thornton St. to Grant St. to Crosier St. to Sweitzer St.
  • E. Voris St. between S. Broadway St. to S. Main St. The detour will be Broadway to E. Thornton St. to S. Main St.

(Until further notice)

E. Bartges St. between High St. and Broadway St. is closed through September 2017 for roadway construction. The detours are:

  • Eastbound W. Bartges St.: Main St. to E. Exchange St.
  • From S. Broadway St.: E. Exchange St. to S. Main St. to Bartges St.

Ongoing

  • The ramp from I-76 eastbound to Wolf Ledges Parkway is permanently closed. Motorists will utilize the Main St. exit.
  • Crosier St. between Main St. and Broadway St. is permanently closed. The detour is Main St. to Long St. to Broadway St.
  • Voris St. between Sweitzer St. and Broadway St. is permanently closed. The detour is Miller St. to Bellows St. to E. South St. to Grant St.

Until further notice

  • I-76 between Dart Ave. and Wolf Ledges Parkway has various nightly lane restrictions through late November for roadway construction. These restrictions will occur nightly between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Wolf Ledges Parkway over I-76 is closed through early summer 2017 for a bridge replacement. The detour is Wolf Ledges Parkway to Crosier St. to Grant St. to Thornton St.
  • Main St. and Broadway St. between Miller Rd. and Bartges St. has various lane restrictions for roadway construction. This work is part of an $84 million project to reconstruct I-76/ Main St. and Broadway St. interchange in the city of Akron. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by July 2020.

Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel Blasting Information
The Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel (OCIT) is the largest project under the Akron Waterways Renewed! program.

A joint venture between Illinois-based Kenny Construction Co. and Tokyo-based Obayashi Corp. will bore the tunnel, which will be 27 feet in diameter, span a distance of 6,240 feet, will be able to hold 25.6 million gallons of stormwater and sewage during heavy rain events and control nine of the overflows into the Ohio & Erie Canal and Little Cuyahoga River. The $184.1 million bid by the Kenny/Obayashi JV came in below the Engineer's estimate of $252.2 million.

As you may already know, construction has started on the OCIT tunnel and blasting will be required for the project. This notice provides you with an update for the three blasting areas of the Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel (OCIT) project: Rack 19 Drop Shaft, OCIT-2 Drop shaft, and OCIT-3 Drop Shaft.

  • Rack 19 Drop Shaft:  Blasting activities at Rack 19 Drop Shaft began on the morning of Tuesday, November 8, 2016 and will continue into 2017.  The Rack 19 Drop Shaft is located at the intersection of Market Street and Dart Street adjacent to the Federal Building.  The blasting activities will be conducted Monday through Friday and will only occur between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:00 pm.  Crews anticipate 1 or 2 blasting events each day, perhaps one mid-morning and one mid-afternoon.
  • OCIT-2 Drop Shaft: Blasting activities could begin as early as November 14, 2016 at the OCIT-2 Drop Shaft.  The OCIT-2 Drop Shaft is located at the intersection of Glendale Avenue and Rand Avenue. 
  • OCIT-3 Drop Shaft:  Blasting activities at the OCIT-3 Drop will probably not take place before the end of the year.  This Drop Shaft is located on West Exchange Street Adjacent to 69 Taps.

The audible warning protocol which will be produced by a siren or air horn immediately before each blast is as follows:

5 Minutes Prior to the Blast - 5 long whistles
3 Minutes Prior to the Blast - 5 short whistles
1 Minutes Prior to the Blast - 1 long whistles

To learn more about how the Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel will be constructed, watch this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhXabLsoIAg&feature=youtu.be 

Rand & Dart Ave
As part of the Oak Park Renewal (SR-59) project, Kenmore Construction, G. Stephens and the city of Akron continue work on Dart and Rand Avenues. Both lanes on each of the streets have been re-opened to traffic. There may be occasional shifting of traffic as work continues to be completed. The entrance ramp to SR 59 E from W. Exchange St. has been closed and will remain closed permanently. The detour route for the ramp closure is Dart Ave. north to the next entrance ramp.

This work is being done in preparation for the removal of SR 59 between W. Exchange St. and W. Market St. which currently is planned to begin around late winter/early spring of 2017. Signage will continue to be provided to help direct traffic through the construction zones throughout the duration of the project.

Click here to view current Summit County traffic advisories.

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City-owned decks and lots

City-owned parking decks:
State Street (O'Neil's) Deck - 55 W. State St.
Akron Centre Deck - 11 W. Mill St.
Broadway Deck - 126 S. Broadway
Cascade Deck - 10 W. Mill St.
City-Center Deck - 132 S. High St.
High/Market Deck - 40 S. High St.
Morley Deck - 177 S. High St.
Opportunity Park Deck - 666 S. Broadway

City-owned parking lots:
Canal Place Lot - 500 S. Main St.
High Street Lot - 71 S. High St.
Main/Bartges Lot - 599 S. Main St.
Main/Buchtel Lot - 219 S. Main St.
Opportunity Park Lot - 666 S. Broadway St.
Glendale Lot - 60 Glendale Ave.