Main Street Corridor Updates



Most restaurants remain open for carry out and delivery! 


Beginning Wednesday, March 18, the south half of the S. Main St. and E. Exchange St. intersection will be closed to all traffic as work continues on the Main Street Corridor project.

Westbound traffic will be maintained on Exchange St., but shifted to the north side of the road.

Northbound traffic on S. Main St. will be detoured using W. Exchange St., W. Bowery St., W. Cedar St., S. Broadway, E. Bowery St. and S. Main St.

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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:

-Placed concrete for crosswalk headers on the north side of the S Main St/Exchange St intersection.
-Placed concrete on the north side of the S Main St/Exchange St intersection.
-Place brick pavers in crosswalks in the S Main St/Exchange St intersection.
-Formed and placed concrete for sidewalk in front of the 222 S Main St and the Barley House.
-Placing brick pavers on NW corner of S Main St and State St by the Barley House.
-Forming for and placing rebar for State St Bridge abutment and wing wall foundations.


Look Ahead:

-Move traffic to west side of S Main St between Exchange St and just north of Buchtel Ave.
-Remove pavement from the south side of the S Main St/Exchange St intersection.
-Continue forming for sidewalk on the west side of S Main St in front of the O’Neil’s Bldg and Lock 3.
-Close S Main St between Cedar St and Exchange St middle of next week and begin pavement removals on the east side of S Main St.
-Begin repairs and modifications to the Ohio Edison vault in front of 205 S Main St.


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Guest Photo by Courtney Cable


August 2018



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