Exchange Street in Akron opens to two-way traffic MondayFriday August 16, 2019

AKRON, Ohio – The city is asking residents to use extra caution on Monday, when Exchange Street in downtown Akron opens to two-way traffic from the Innerbelt (Rand Street) to Bowery Street.

The new traffic pattern will go into effect after morning rush hour, according to the city. Once in effect, both southbound and northbound vehicles exiting the Innerbelt/Ohio 59 will be able to travel eastbound along both Exchange Street and Cedar Street.

“By carefully converting one-way streets back to two-way traffic, we are making it more convenient for motorists to access their downtown destinations,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said in a news release. “This conversion of Exchange back to two-way movement will allow safe and efficient access to Akron Children’s Hospital and the Exchange Street corridor.”

The construction required for the new traffic pattern along Cedar and Exchange streets began in late 2016. Completed improvements include enhanced on-street parking, bike lanes, signal upgrades, safer pedestrian crossings and roadway resurfacing from downtown to Portage Path.

The city is planning additional two-way traffic along Exchange Street from Bowery Street to Main Street once sewer work and improvements to the Main Street/Exchange Street intersection are complete.

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