In 2018 and 2019, the City of Akron will be completely renovating the Main Street promenade, funded by a $5 Million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (“TIGER”) grant. The City will be constructing roadway improvements along Main Street, between Mill Street and Exchange Street, as well rehabilitating the State Street Bridge between Main Street and Water Street. The downtown Main Street corridor currently contains uneven sidewalks, challenging parking areas, deteriorating pavement, and inconsistent drive lanes of varying widths. Additionally, the State Street Bridge is in declining condition.
“This project is going to modernize and beautify Main Street and transform the downtown experience for pedestrians and motorists. Our goals with this innovative project are to improve the traffic flow for motorists, update our traffic signals, leverage technology in an efficient way, and make Main Street more welcoming and accessible for pedestrians and bicyclists,” Mayor Horrigan said of the project.
A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the Akron Summit County Public Library downtown, located at 60 South High Street, Akron, Ohio, 44326. The public meeting will be conducted in an open house format and attendees may arrive anytime between 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Proposed improvements will include new roadway with one lane in each direction plus turn lanes as needed, updated coordinated traffic signals, a lane on each side of the street for parallel parking or drop offs or buses, a cycle track connecting to the nearby towpath trail, new sidewalks with updated lighting, and improved aesthetics and amenities, based on the design principles defined by Phase I of the Downtown Vision and Redevelopment Plan, including room for sidewalk cafes. Two mid-block crossings for pedestrians will be provided. Additionally, a roundabout will be constructed at the intersection of Mill Street and Main Street. The addition of a roundabout will move traffic more efficiently and eliminate the need for a traffic signal at this location. On State Street, a new smaller bridge deck will be constructed along with a separated pedestrian/bike deck on the existing steel beams.
Questions, comments and concerns may be emailed by May 29, 2017 to CJonke@akronohio.gov.
Or mailed to: Akron Engineering Bureau
166 South High Street
Design Division Room 701
Akron, Ohio 44308
Attn: Christine Jonke P.E
Legal Notice: “The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.”