Dart Ave and Rand Ave
Starts: May 2016
Ends: August 2018
In preparation for closing the Innerbelt in 2017, improvements must be done now to reroute traffic. The project entails the rerouting and repurposing of about a mile of the Akron Innerbelt (MLK Jr. Blvd) from W Exchange St through the N Howard St/N Main St intersection. Rand Ave and Dart Ave are to be reconstructed from W Cedar St to W Market St. The Innerbelt work south of W Cedar St is to include the removal of ramps (2) and bridges(2). MLK Jr. Blvd is to be reconstructed through the N Howard St/N Main St intersection, this intersection is to be lowered for improved sight distance. The W Center St bridge between Dart Ave and Rand Ave is to be widened and redecked. W State St Bridge is to be removed. A State St culdesac is to be placed near Dart Ave.
The project also is to include a complete reconstruction of storm drainage system, with some new water main extensions and minor sanitary sewer work. New LED street lighting will be placed along all reconstructed streets and three replacement or new traffic signals will be installed.
Anticipated Maintenance of Traffic
Traffic will be maintained on SR 59 until Dart Ave and Rand Ave are generally complete. A 120 day complete closure is anticipated in 2017 at the N Main St/N Howard St/SR 59 intersection.
Dollar Value of Project
Benefits to Akron Upon Completion of Work
This project is the first phase of reimagining the Innerbelt and will allow for future growth of downtown Akron by ultimately providing 31 acres of developable space. In addition, the 59 corridor has the highest crash ranked segment in the area, including the highest crash ranked intersection at N Main St and SR 59. Upon completion of the project, the corridor will provide a safer roadway system through this area for our citizens.
Closure and Detour Maps
Detour - Westbound from Rt 8 to SR 59