Downtown Akron Traffic Advisories

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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. Pedestrians: Follow the red dots on the sidewalks to your destinations. Click here for a pedestrian map of Phase 1A. Click here for a pedestrian map of Phase 3A. 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.

EVENTS
Towpath Freedom 5K
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 9 a.m.

On Saturday November 10, 2018 the Towpath Freedom 5K will be held in the downtown area.  At approximately 8:45 a.m., S. Main St. will be closed from University Ave. to Bowery St. and W. Bowery St. will be closed from W. Center St. to S. Main St.  The race kicks off at 9:00 a.m. with runners heading north on Main St. to west on Bowery St. then turn south at Water St. to the Towpath Trail heading south.  They will U-turn then head back north following the same route back to S. Main St. where the finish line is. The roads are expected to open no later than 10:15 a.m. 

Welcome Santa Parade ***NEW ROUTE***
Saturday, November 24, 10 a.m.

An Akron tradition continues with floats, music and more as we usher in the holiday season.
Due to the ongoing road construction in downtown Akron the parade will travel a different route.  Parade line up will be on W. Bowery between Water Street and W. Exchange Street beginning at 8 a.m. The parade will step off at 10 a.m. at W. Bowery and W. Exchange and travel along W. Bowery with a right turn onto S. Main St.ending at S. Main and University Ave. 

Click here for a PDF of the route.

There will be post parade holiday fun activities at Lock 3 including a short show starring some classic princes and princesses and visits with Santa.

Access to W. Bowery from Water Street to W. Exchange will be closed during line up from 8 a.m. until approximately 10:45 a.m.  The parade route will be closed to traffic from 9:45 a.m. until approximately 11 a.m.

CONSTRUCTION

***NEW***
W. Mill St. and S. Main St. Intersection

As part of the Main St. corridor project, Kenmore Construction Co., Prime AE Group and the City of Akron continue work on a new roundabout that is being built at the intersection of S. Main St. and Mill St.

***On Wednesday, November 14, Kenmore Construction plans to close the entire west side of the W. Mill St. and S. Main St. intersection. Westbound traffic will be detoured using Main St., MLK Jr. Blvd. and Mill St. to access the Cascade Parking. Eastbound traffic from MLK Jr. Blvd. will be detoured using W. Center St., W. Bowery St. to E. Mill St. People exiting the parking
garages will be detoured from W. Mill St. to Dart Ave., W. Market St., S. High St. to E. Mill St.
***This closure is expected to remain in place for approximately 3 weeks.
Click here for detour map.

UPDATE: Main Street Corridor Project
Phase 1A & 1B: Main St., between W. Market and W. Exchange (Through December 31, 2018)
Phase 2A & 2B: State Street Bridge Reconstruction: October 2018-December 2019
Phase 3A & 3B: Main St. between State St. and Cedar St. (October 2018-December 2019)
Phase 4A & 4B: Main St. between State St and Bowery St (summer 2019-winter 2019)

Project completed by April 2020
Click here for the Main Street Phasing Map

Click here renderings of the street view at State Street and Cascade Plaza

Visit DriveAkron.com for up to date information the Main Street Project.

As part of the Main Street Corridor project, Kenmore Construction Co., Prime AE Group and the City of Akron have closed S. Main St. to southbound traffic between W. Market Street and W. Bowery St. This portion is expected to be complete by December 31.
***The second phase of this project continues between W. State St. and W. Cedar St. This portion is expected to be complete by April 30, 2019. The southbound side of S. Main St. within these limits has also been closed to traffic.
***For both phases, southbound traffic is being detoured using S. High St.
***H.M. Miller Construction Co. and Dominion Energy continue gas main replacement work along S. Main St.

***Pedestrian access on W. Mill and S. Main has changed. There is no thru pedestrian access at the Huntington Building, 103 S. High St. Pedestrians heading south may use W. Mill to Ash St., and use stairs to access Cascade Plaza, or use the east side of Main St.

***Pedestrian access is maintained to all businesses along Main St. during construction. Follow the red dots in Phase 1A & 1B and Phase 3A, to find your way. Click 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.

State Street Bridge, S. Main Street to W. Bowery Street
Through January 6, 2020

As part of the Main Street Corridor project, Kenmore Construction Co., Prime AE Group and the City of Akron will be closing W. State St., between W. Bowery Street and S. Main St., for bridge replacement. This work is planned to begin on Monday, October 15. Eastbound traffic will be detoured using W. Bowery Street, S. High St. and E. State St. and the westbound traffic will be detoured using S. Main St., W. Bowery St. and W. State St. Access will be maintained from S. Main St. to the State Street Parking Deck entrance. The full bridge replacement is expected to be complete by January, 2020.

Drivers are urged to use caution as they proceed through the work zones. The remainder of this project will be completed in separate phases and is expected to be entirely complete by April 30, 2020.

METRO Main St. Detour during construction
Click here for detour map.

Mill St., Ash to High St
Through December 31, 2018

As part of the first phase of the Main Street Corridor project, Kenmore Construction Co., Prime AE Group and the City of Akron have started work
on a new roundabout that is being built at the intersection of S. Main St. and Mill St.

All Mill St. traffic is being maintained, but the eastbound has been shifted over onto the north side of the road. Drivers are urged to use caution while proceeding through this area.
This portion of the project is expected to be complete by December 31, 2018.

S. Main St., between Exchange & Cedar
Dominion gas main replacement
***H.M. Miller Construction Co. and Dominion Energy continue gas main replacement work on S. Main St. During the week of November 5 they plan to cross S. Main St. just south of Exchange Street and continue south along the west side of the street towards W. Cedar St. Northbound traffic will be maintained, but it will need to be shifted as the work progresses.
***This portion is expected to be complete by Friday, November 16, but the remaining gas work on this project is planned to be completed by Friday, December 28.
***Retail businesses in this area remain open and accessible during construction. Pedestrian access to Pots & Pans Jamaican Restaurant, Great Escape Room Akron, blue, a Goodwill boutique, Electric Pete's E-Bikes, Wholly Joe's Coffee Shop, Pad Thai, Brubaker's, Hair Geek Studio, Insomnia Cookies, Jimmy John's, Walgreens, Diamond Deli, Woody's, DaVinci's, Tear-Ez, Subway, 69 Taps, Boiling House Seafood, Bricco, Cilantro. Free two hour parking is available in selected lots. Click here for map.

This utility work is being completed in preparation for the continuing Main Street Corridor project.

W Exchange, S. Main St to Water St
July 23 - March 30, 2019

Akron CSO Program – Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel Kenny/Obayashi JV, Kenmore Construction Co. and the City of Akron have started work on the Rack 17 diversion structure which is located on the north side of W. Exchange between S. Main St. and Water St.
Two lanes of traffic will be maintained, but shifted around the work zone.
This work is expected to be complete by March 30, 2019.

W. Exchange & W. Cedar, Broadway to S. Portage Path
UPDATE:
W. Exchange Cedar Signalization
Through November 30, 2018
W. Exchange Cedar Signalization SET, Inc., DLZ and the City of Akron continue work on a road diet / signalization project which is located on both W. Cedar and W. Exchange Streets between S. Portage Path and S. Broadway. SET continues work along the north side of W. Exchange, between Water St. and Akron General Ave. This work is expected to be complete by Saturday, November 17.
***Beginning Monday, November 5, SET plans to begin the installation of new signal poles at the intersection of W. Bowery St. and W. Exchange St. Traffic will be shifted as needed during this work which is expected to be complete by Friday, November 16.
***At approximately 9am on Wednesday, November 7, SET plans to begin switching over to new signals at the intersection of Locust St. and W. Exchange St. Traffic will be maintained by an officer while the signals are out of operation. This work is expected to be complete by the end of the day.
***On Monday, November 12, resurfacing work is planned to begin on Exchange St. between Arc Drive and Rand Ave. Drivers will need to use caution while proceeding through this area as traffic will be shifted as needed. This work is expected to be complete by Friday, November 23.
***Completion of this project is currently planned for Friday, November 30.

ODOT: Main & Broadway
Click here for project information.

Interstate 76 & Main Street in the City of Akron

(until further notice)
Thornton St. eastbound between Colburn St. and Wolf Ledges Parkway has various daily lane restrictions through mid-November for roadway construction.
(until further notice)
The following traffic pattern and ramp closures are in place through late November 2018:
  • I-76 eastbound and westbound from just east of SR 59/Innerbelt to just east of I-77/SR 8/Central Interchange is reduced to two lanes in each direction, with all traffic crossed over onto on the westbound lanes of I-76.
·The Main St. entrance ramp to I-76 eastbound is CLOSED. The southbound detour is E. Thornton St. to Grant St. to I-76.
·The ramp from Lakeshore Blvd. to I-76 eastbound is CLOSED. The detours are northbound Lakeshore Blvd. to W Thornton St. to E Grant St. or southbound Lakeshore Blvd. to Miller to Wolf Ledges to South to Grant.
  • The ramp from I-76 eastbound to I-77 southbound is CLOSED. The detour is I-76/Kenmore Leg westbound to I-277 eastbound to I-77 southbound.
(until further notice)
The following ramp closure is in place through late December 2018:
·The ramp from I-77 northbound to I-76 westbound is CLOSED for roadway reconstruction. The detour is I-277 westbound to I-76/Kenmore Leg eastbound.
(until further notice)
The following ramp is closed through late September 2019:
·The ramp from SR 8 southbound to I-76 westbound is CLOSED. The detour is I-77 southbound to I-277 westbound to I-76/Kenmore Leg eastbound.
(until further notice)
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.

Expect the following changes coming soon.

 

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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.