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As you may have noticed, there are a lot of changes going on in Akron! We want to keep everyone informed. In order to do so, we’re introducing DriveAkron, a City of Akron initiative to help us communicate the status of the ongoing improvements and share the excitement as Akron builds momentum for a better tomorrow. With DriveAkron, it’s easy to keep you up-to-date on construction projects and traffic alerts, so you can still get where you’re going, whether it’s to school, work or anywhere else around the City.

DriveAkron will also be a hub for sharing our visionary ideas for infrastructure improvements, like how we plan to reimagine the Innerbelt and more detailed plans on a future bike park downtown. So stay tuned, there's a lot of exciting momentum in our great City.

Also, please check out Akron Waterways Renewed to learn more about the sewer construction going on in Akron.

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Cedar And Exchange Street Complete Streets Project Will Now Include Partial Conversion To Two-Way Traffic Monday February 27, 2017 The City’s Complete Streets Project on Exchange and Cedar Streets (between Broadway Street and Portage Path) is being modified to open several blocks of Exchange Street and a small section of Cedar Street to two-way traffic. In order to provide better access to the downtown hospitals, Exchange Street will become two-way between Broadway and Rand Avenue and remain one-way between Rand and Rhodes Avenues. Cedar Street will become two-way between Broadway and Water Street, and remain one-way between Water and Rhodes Avenue. Read More > Update On City Construction At Intersection Of Howard/Main And MLK/Perkins/SR59 Monday February 13, 2017 The intersection of Main, Howard, and Perkins Streets and Martin Luther King Boulevard is now closed and will remain closed for the next 150 days, as the City undertakes two construction projects—the Oak Park Renewal Project and the Old Main Sewer Separation (CSO Rack 21) Project. Read More > First Phase of Downtown Akron Vision & Redevelopment Plan Revealed Monday November 28, 2016 On November 15, Mayor Dan Horrigan unveiled phase one of the city’s Downtown Akron Vision and Redevelopment Plan. It is the work of three dozen stakeholders, with the Downtown Akron Partnership, at the front. Read More > Akron Pushes for Landmark Building and Lock 4 Redevelopment Monday October 24, 2016 A string of vacant Akron buildings is at the heart of the city’s vision to make downtown a place to live, work and play. Redevelopment of the Main Street properties, including the historic Landmark Building, north of the Lock 3 Park, has languished for years. Now the city has hopes of spurring redevelopment of the properties, some dating to the early 1900s. Read More > Akron Children’s Museum on Target for Fall Opening Tuesday September 6, 2016 The new Akron Children’s Museum is moving forward with plans to open this fall. Designed for children up to age 12, it will be located in city-owned space on the ground floor of the O’Neil’s parking deck at Lock 3 downtown. Read More > Artist Beautifies Towpath Junction With 400-foot Mural Friday July 29, 2016 Artist Jessica Lofthus recently completed a 400-foot mural on Quaker Street, as part of the iTowpath Project, which aims to improve connectivity, aesthetics and safety of the Towpath Trail in downtown Akron. Read More > Akron Receives $5 Million Federal Grant To Improve Downtown Thursday July 28, 2016 Akron has received a $5 million federal grant to rebuild South Main Street downtown. Read More > LeBron James Dazzles Hometown Crowd in Akron Title Party Tuesday June 28, 2016 The Cleveland Cavaliers' championship party kept right on rolling Thursday with a celebration in honor of NBA Finals MVP LeBron James in his hometown. Read More > Akron Looks to Spark Long-Delayed Development Project on Main Street Saturday June 25, 2016 A project to redevelop a blighted block in downtown Akron’s central business district that has been stagnant for more than eight years must commence construction in early July or be terminated by the city.

According to Akron mayor Dan Horrigan, the city is laying down some new stipulations as a way to create the best conditions to see the project come to fruition.
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Stark State College Reveals Plans for Akron Campus Friday May 13, 2016 Stark State College will build its new Akron campus on 11 acres of vacant, city-owned property along Perkins Street near state Route 8 just northeast of downtown. The Jackson Township-based school — along with city, Summit County, state and business leaders — announced the location Thursday during a news conference at the John S. Knight Center downtown. The campus will be called Stark State College Akron. Read More >