Main Street Corridor Updates

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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:

-Installed Street Light Poles in phase 1A & 1B.
-Ohio Edison Manhole 7-AI set in place and back filled in phase 2B.
-Ohio Edison Conduit run heading west out of manhole 7-AI installed in 2B.
-Brick walk installed on the southwest corner of the S Main St and Exchange St intersection in phase 3A.
-Water main valve install and tie-in connections completed in the Exchange St and S Main St intersection in 3A.
-Water main tie-in connections completed in the Cedar St and S Main St intersection in 3A.
-Ohio Edison Vault 9-BQ set in place and back filled in phase 3B.
-Installed permeable pavers in parking areas on the west side of S Main St in phase 3A.
-Concrete placed for floor and walls of Ohio Edison Manhole 5-AE in phase 4A.
-Ohio Edison Manhole 7-BK set in place and back filled in phase 4A.
-Installing communication, traffic and lighting conduits in front of the Bowery Project in phase 4A.
-Installed permeable pavers in parking areas on the west side of S Main St in phase 4A.

 

Two Week Look Ahead:

-Excavate for proposed East State St Bridge Abutment in phase 2B.
-Install Akron Energy Systems hot water pipe under State St Bridge in phase 2B.
-Grade and place concrete for sidewalk in front of the Bowery Project in phase 3A.
-Install Akron Energy Systems Condensate Return line from Manhole 15 to Manhole 14 in phase 3A.
-Slip form curb on the southwest corner of S Main St and Bowery St in phase 3A.
-Excavate for and install Ohio Edison Vault 7-BK (north) in phase 3A.
-Excavate for and install Ohio Edison Vault 9-BA in phase 3B.
-Shift northbound traffic from the east lane to the west lane of S Main St from Exchange St to Church St in phases 3B & 4B.
-Remove pavement and sidewalk on the east side of S Main St between Exchange St and Church St in phases 3B & 4B.

May 2019

January 2019

Guest Photo by Courtney Cable

 

August 2018

 

 

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