Main Street Corridor Updates







The City of Akron began construction activities for the first phase of the Main Street Corridor Project on Monday July 9, 2018.  All southbound lanes of Main Street from East Market Street to University Avenue are now closed for construction, however LOCAL BUSINESSES ARE OPEN and pedestrian traffic will be maintained throughout the duration of the project. Northbound traffic on Main Street will be maintained throughout these limits. Users who normally travel south on South Main Street should use South High Street to access Mill Street or Bowery Street. Mill Street and Bowery Street will be open east and west through Main Street.

The project will be completed through several phases and is a complete street design encompassing amenities for all users including pedestrians, bicycles, transit users, and vehicles. Improvements include new pavement, sidewalk, cycletrack, utilities, signalization, lighting, landscaping and more. A roundabout will be built at the intersection of Mill/Main, and two mid-block crossings for pedestrians will be built. Also included are green infrastructure improvements including permeable pavement in the parking lanes.

The Main Street Corridor Project is designed to:

  • Provide “Ladders of Opportunity” by increasing access to education, jobs and opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Construct a welcoming gateway to those who live, work, play in Downtown Akron
  • Transform the corridor with a context-sensitive designthat enhances accessibility among all modes of transportation while increasing safety, productivity and public health
  • Serve as a fulcrum that leverages private reinvestment to adjacent vacant and blighted structures and promotes the high-density, mixed-use development of underutilized parcels
  • Steward ecological resources by increasing energy efficiency and incorporating green infrastructure
  • Promote infill storefront redevelopment for local independent niche/boutique retailers by activating the streetscape and generating additional foot traffic in Downtown Akron
  • Boost the efficiency of existing transportation investments by building on momentum resulting from recent adjacent infrastructure investments
  • Produce a model for regional collaboration and strategic investment through synergetic public-private partnerships.



Construction Progress:

-Akron Energy System’s condensate return and steam lines head north out of manhole 47 in phase 1B.

-Communication, Signal and MCI conduits install on east side of S Main St in phase 1B.

-State St Bridge rear (West) abutment is poured and forms removed in phase 2A.

-Pier no 1 and no 2 are completed in phase 2A.

-Akron Energy Systems manhole 21’s walls are in process of being rebuilt in phase 3A.

-Water main installed to just south of Buchtel Ave on S Main St in phase 3A.

-Dominion finished installing gas main on S Main St between Bowery St and University Ave in phase 4A.


Two Week Look Ahead:

-Continue Akron Energy System’s steam and condensate return in phase 1B.

-Pouring State St Bridge rear abutment wing walls in phase 2A.

-Pour pier cap no 3 in phase 2A.

-Prepare to form curb in front of The RubberDucks Stadium in phase 2A.

- Prepare for installation of road base in phase 2A.

-Continue water main replacement and crossings in phase 3A.

-Place manhole top on Akron Energy System’s MH 21 in phase 3A.

-Continue Akron energy system’s condensate return and Steam lines install in phase 3A.


 January 2019

Guest Photo by Courtney Cable


August 2018



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