Release Date: September 30,2020
Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan Announces Final Pavement Work is Complete for Main Street Phase I
Two-way traffic now open throughout entire route
Akron, Ohio, September 30, 2020 — Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan is pleased to announce that Main Street Phase I, a full improvement project from Cedar Street to Mill Street, is now open to two-way traffic throughout the entire project. Final pavement and striping work on Main St. was completed this week. Residents and visitors traveling downtown may now drive through all of Main Street from E. Cedar St. to W. Market St.
"Completing primary road work and reopening two-way traffic throughout Main St. is an incredibly important milestone in this project," said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. "Thanks to the investments we’ve made, the heart of downtown is now safer, more accessible, more beautiful, and more livable. In the coming weeks, I’m thrilled to invite visitors, workers, and residents alike to come and see the transformation for themselves. Hop on a Spin scooter, purchase an adult beverage in the DORA, take part in entertainment or programing at Lock 3, and earn extra rewards by supporting a local business while you're here. It's an exciting time to come back downtown, and we can't wait to see you on Main Street!”
Pedestrian access on the West side of Main Street will be substantially complete in two weeks with some additional work remaining along the East sidewalk. The only other work remaining in the Main Street Phase I project is final landscaping, lighting, and signage/signalization.
Mayor Horrigan will be celebrating the completion of Phase I with a virtual ribbon cutting event on Thursday, October 15. The event will be livestreamed for residents and businesses. Details will be released closer to the event.
Adding to the vibrancy of Main Street is the new Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) along the Lock3/Akron Civic Theatre block of downtown Akron, which opens tomorrow, October 1st. The Akron DORA is a designated public area where alcoholic beverages can be purchased from permitted establishments and consumed outside, within the district. Starting tomorrow, local customers looking for a unique, outdoor refreshment experience can visit Barley House, Lockview, or Lock 3 (during designated events) and purchase a “to-go” beverage to be enjoyed while strolling downtown within the DORA. For more information, please visit www.downtownakron.com/explore/downtown-akron-dora.
Downtown Akron Partnership is celebrating the reopening of Main Street by launching Picture Yourself on Main. This new initiative is your invitation to be a part of the new downtown Akron Main Street. Look for Picture Yourself on Main programs in the coming months, with opportunities to enjoy new, iconic sights and experiences you can only have downtown. Updates can be found at www.downtownakron.com/explore/picture-yourself-on-main.
As a welcome back to Main Street, Lock 3 is offering a variety of fall programming options for residents and visitors to enjoy:
- THIS WEEKEND! Oktoberfest: Come on down to Lock 3 for live music, drinks from local breweries, and German food. The fun fall event will take place this Friday Oct. 2 and Sat. Oct. 3 from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Music kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
- Beginning Wednesday Oct. 7, Lock 3 is rebooting its Wednesday night concert series. Concerts will start at 7 p.m. and have been moved from their previous venue of Lock 4 to Lock 3 to allow for more room to socially distance.
- Several fitness programs including Zumba and drum fit will continue at Lock 3 throughout the fall season.
- Lock 3 is collaborating with the Akron Children's Museum to host family fun time throughout the month of October. Join us every Saturday from 1 - 6 p.m. for a variety of family friendly activities and programming.
- For all events, please visit www.Lock3Live.com for more details. The Lock 3 October Events & Calendar page will be updated with specific dates and times, or you can follow Lock 3 on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Lock3Live for more information.
To celebrate the reopening of Main St., the Akronite app is offering an extra 10% back in Blimps when you use the app to shop at businesses on Main Street. The app is free and easy to download on Apple or Android devices. After downloading, simply link your payment card, and start earning Blimps!
The City will continue to offer free two hour parking in designated downtown lots and the State Street parking deck through the end of 2020. See a map with the locations here.
Main Street Phase 2:
In final downtown news, the City will break ground on the Main Street Corridor Project, Phase 2, later this month. With the help of $13.5 million in federal, state, and private funding, Main Street Phase 2 will continue full-depth improvements from Mill Street to State Route 59.
In 2020, all construction on Phase 2 will be limited to sidewalks, and the roadway will remain open during this early portion of the project. Construction of the roadway will start next year, and will wrap up in early 2022. There will be a public meeting for members of the community to learn more about Phase II and to provide feedback. More details will be announced on that soon.