Downtown Akron traffic advisories

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***Generally, throughout Main Street construction, NORTHBOUND vehicular traffic only on Main St., SOUTHBOUND vehicular traffic only on S. High St. Sidewalks are open throughout most of Main Street.

Downtown Akron is in the middle of a major revitalization. There are a lot of orange barrels, but Akron is making updates to its sewer, utility and roadways to build a downtown that is friendly to all users and ready for economic growth. Sidewalks are open during construction and we encourage you to continue to get out and enjoy all that downtown has to offer. Need to drive to your destination? Downtown offers more than 10,000 parking spaces. Click here for the DT Akron Parking Map. Want to know what is happening in downtown? Check out the DAP calendar of events.

***Pedestrian access is maintained to all businesses along Main St. during construction. Follow these pedestrian maps to find your way: Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3Click here for a downtown parking map. Need help while in downtown? Call the DAP Ambassador service at (330) 706-7383. Click here for the DT Akron Food Guide.

Gennasaret Home Run for the Homeless 4K
Thursday November 28, 2019

W. Exchange St. from Dart to Maple will close beginning approximately 8:15 a.m.  The big race kicks off at 9:00 a.m.  This will cause the closure of Dart Ave. and Rand Ave. from Exchange St. to Mill /  Market St.  All roads should be back open by 10:30 a.m.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Lock 3
Friday, November 29, 6:30 p.m.

Main Street will close between State St. and Bowery St. for the Holiday Tree Lighting. W. Bowery St. will close from W. Center St. to S. Main St. at approximately 7:00 p.m. for the fireworks shoot.  All streets should be open by 8:00 p.m.

Welcome Santa Parade
Saturday, November 30, 10 a.m
Parade kicks off at Exchange St. & Bowery St. Click here for parade route.
Bowery St. south of W. Exchange St. will be utilized for line-up.  The route will close at approximately 9:55 a.m.  Exchange St westbound at High St. will be closed, as well as Cedar St. eastbound from Locust St.


Church St, between S. Main St. and S. High St.
Through October 2, 2020

On Monday, October 7, T.M. Rybak & Associates and Boiling Springs Group plan to begin renovations on the Law Building which is located at 159 S. Main St. This work will require the full closure of Maiden Lane, between E. Bowery
St. and Church St., and the north side of Church St., between S. Main St. and S. High St.

On Church St., westbound traffic will be maintained at all times, but shifted. Eastbound traffic will be detoured using S. Main St., E. Bowery St. and S. High St.

This work is expected to be complete by October 2, 2020.

State Street Parking Deck Traffic Pattern Change
Starting October 1, 2019

Due to construction changing construction patterns for the State Street Bridge, State Street parking deck (51 W. State St.) will be accessible from W. Bowery St. only. There is no longer access from Main St. This traffic pattern will be in place until the completion of the bridge construction.
Click here for an updated map to State Street deck.

From the north: Using S. High Street, turn west (right) on W. Bowery St. Turn east (left) on State St. and enter the parking deck.

From the south: Using S. Broadway, turn west (left) on E. Exchange St., turn right (north) on W. Bowery St., turn right (east) on State St. and enter the deck.

From the west: Using Ceder St., turn left (north) on W. Bowery St., turn right (east) on State St. and enter the deck.

Exchange Street to begin two way traffic on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019
Beginning August 19, Exchange Street in downtown Akron will open to two-way traffic from the Innerbelt (Rand Street) to Bowery Street. Both southbound and northbound vehicles exiting the Innerbelt / Route 59 will now be able to travel eastbound along both Exchange Street and Cedar Street. Click here for traffic pattern map.

Main Street, Mill St. to Cedar St.
Through July 2020
Kenmore Construction Co., Prime AE Group and the City of Akron continue work on the Main St. Corridor Project.
S. Main Street is closed to all southbound traffic between W. Market Street and W. Cedar Street as work continues on several different phases. Traffic is being detoured using S. High St.

The first phase of the project is located between W. Market Street and W. Bowery Street. Northbound traffic has been shifted from the east side of the street over onto the newly paved west side. Traffic that is heading north on S. Main St. from W. Bowery St., and the traffic that is heading from the east and west on Mill St. to S. Main St., will now enter into the new roundabout and travel clockwise around it and exit to the north up S. Main St. Eastbound traffic will be detoured to E. Market St., S. High St. and E. Mill St. The westbound traffic will be detoured north up to MLK Jr. Blvd. and to W. Mill St. This portion is expected to be complete by December 31, 2019.

The second phase of this project is located between W. State St. and W. Cedar St. Work continues along both sides of the street through this area. Northbound traffic will be shifted as needed. The remaining work along the west side is expected to continue through December 31, 2019 and the work along the east side will continue into 2020.

The third phase of this project is located between W. Bowery St. and W. State St. The west side of the street has been closed in front of Lock 3. Work within this stretch is expected to be complete by December 31, 2019.

Traffic will continue to be shifted as needed during this project. Drivers are urged to use caution while driving through this area.
The on street parking that is located on the east side of the street between University Ave. and W. Bowery St. will continue to be maintained to the maximum extent possible for local businesses.

***The contractor has closed E. Buchtel Ave. at S. Main St. as they work on
replacing the existing pavement at the intersection. Eastbound traffic can use S. Main St., E. State St. and S. High St. as an alternate route, while westbound traffic can use S. High St., E. Exchange St. and S. Main St. This work is expected to be complete and the intersection re-opened by Friday, November 22.

Interstate 76 in city of Akron
(Monday, September 9 – until further notice)

Beginning on Monday morning, September 9, at 6 a.m. the following ramps will be CLOSED through late October for bridge repairs:

  • The ramp from I-76/US 224 eastbound to I-76/Kenmore Leg eastbound. The detour will be I-277 eastbound to I-77 northbound.
  • The ramp from I-277/US 224 westbound to I-76/Kenmore Leg eastbound. The detour will be I-76/US 224 westbound to SR 21 northbound.
  • The ramp from Waterloo Rd. to I-277 westbound. The detour will be Waterloo Rd. to Main St. to I-277.
  • The ramp from Kenmore Blvd. to I-76/Kenmore Leg eastbound. The detour will be Kenmore Blvd. to SR 93 south to I-277.


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.