Release Date: June 29,2017
Mayor Horrigan announced that the city of Akron will receive $7.5 million in federal bridge money to replace the State Street Bridge that runs between Water Street and Main Street. The bridge replacement—being performed in connection with the TIGER-funded renovation of the Main Street Promenade—will be completed between 2018 and 2019.
“The city of Akron has been working on plans to replace the bridge since 2008,” John Moore, director of public service said. “However, due to limited funding, replacement was delayed and we continued to perform maintenance only as needed.” The condition of the bridge continued to decline; and in an effort to find a lower cost solution, the city considered alternative options, including the removal of the bridge or a reduction in size. The initial funding award was $2.5 million.
“None of the alternatives that we considered properly accommodated the needs of the downtown businesses, residents, and visitors,” Mayor Horrigan said. “The city was able to demonstrate the inadequacy of the low cost alternates for the project, and coordinate with the funding agency, the Ohio Department of Transportation, to secure additional funding.”
“I am pleased to announce that the $7.5 million in federal bridge funds will allow us to construct a new State Street Bridge, maintain easy access to the parking garage, and provide a connection between Main Street and points west. The new structure will provide a lasting improvement to Akron’s downtown grid, and preserve the connectivity between the center of downtown Main Street and the hospital district,” Mayor Horrigan said of the replacement project.
Construction on the bridge is expected to begin next spring. Access to the adjacent State Street (O’Neil’s) Parking Deck will be maintained throughout construction. Through traffic will be detoured either to Bowery Street or Exchange Street. Though the entire project, including Main Street, is expected to occur in 2018 and 2019, the detour duration is expected to be less than 12 months. The new bridge will include a smaller bridge deck (one drive lane in each direction), and a separated pedestrian/bikeway connection between Main Street and the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail.
Finally, the limits of the Main Street Promenade Project have been extended one additional block to better blend with the Exchange and Cedar Project, currently under construction. The original limits extended from Mill Street to Exchange Street. The extended limits are from Mill Street to Cedar Street.
Questions, comments, and concerns about the State Street Bridge Project may be sent via email to email@example.com or they can be 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.”