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:

- Work on OhioEdison underground utilities and structures on S Main Street at Mill St in Phase 1-A.

- Work on Akron Energy Systems underground utilities and structures on Main St from the Huntington Building to the north limits of the project in Phase 1-A.

- No thru pedestrian access at the Huntington Building heading west on Mill St due to vault ceiling and water proofing repair work in Phase 1-A.

- Curb and road base installed on west side of Main St between Bowery St and Mill St.

- West portion of State St Bridge has been removed and cleanup is finished. Preparing to excavate for bridge pier foundations and driving support piles.

- Work on OhioEdison underground utilities and structures continue on S Main Street between State St and Exchange St in Phase 3-A.

- Work on Dominion’s gas main replacement continues in Phase 3-A.


Two Week Look Ahead:

- Pour new concrete curb in Phase 1-A (south side of Mill St).

- Continue placing AES underground utilities in Phase 1-A (from Huntington Building to north end of project limits.

- Begin driving piles for bridge piers in Phase 2-A (next to Lock 3 and State St parking deck).

- Continue OhioEdison underground utility work in Phase 3-A (between State St and Exchange St).

- Begin pavement installation in Phase 1-A (between Bowery St and north limits of the project).



August 2018



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