Cedar And Exchange Street Complete Streets Project Will Now Include Partial Conversion To Two-Way TrafficMonday February 27, 2017
Akron, Ohio, 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. A map of the updated plan can be found here.
These changes will help motorists, including emergency vehicles, exiting State Route 59 reach Akron Children’s Hospital more efficiently. The Exchange / Cedar Project started on September 7, 2016 and work is expected to start on two-way conversion section this Summer and be completed by early 2018.
The Complete Streets Project on Exchange and Cedar Street includes signalization upgrades, resurfacing of the roadway, and the addition of parking and sidewalk bump outs. This Exchange / Cedar Project also includes the installation of bike lanes that will connect with bike lanes to be installed on Dart and Rand Avenues (as part of the Oak Park Renewal Project) and the cycle track being installed permanently on Main Street as part of the TIGER-funded renovation of the Main Street Promenade.
“We considered the input of our downtown stakeholders and determined that we could safely integrate two-way traffic through this corridor of Exchange Street to better serve our residents and visitors,” Mayor Horrigan said of the change. “Our hospitals are visited by residents from all over the region, some of whom are unfamiliar with maneuvering one-way streets. This reconfiguration will improve accessibility and traffic flow.”
“Akron Children’s Hospital welcomes the planned conversion of Exchange Street to two-way traffic,” said Grace Wakulchik, chief operating officer of Akron Children’s Hospital. “With the many changes occurring to the streets around the hospital and the increased activity in the downtown area, making Exchange Street two-way will help slow traffic and make it safer and easier for patients and families trying to navigate our campus. The enhanced connection with downtown will also make it easier for our families and staff to enjoy downtown businesses and activities.”