AKRON, Ohio — Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the Main Street Corridor Project. Phase one is expected to be wrapped up this week. Main Street Phase One is a full improvement project from Cedar Street to Mill Street.
Full two-way traffic is now open from Cedar to Buchtel, and from Market to Bowery streets.
The final section of Phase 1, which runs from Buchtel to Bowery, is undergoing final utility installation and surface work.
Residents can also expect improved pedestrian access on both sides of Main Street.
One of the highlights of the Main Street is the new Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) along the Lock 3/Akron Civic Theatre block of downtown Akron. The area is a designated public space where alcoholic beverages can be purchased from permitted establishments and consumed outside within the district.
The DORA is expected to open on October 1.
Aided by $13.5 million in federal, state and private funding, Phase Two of the project is expected to begin soon.
Main Street Phase 2 will make improvements from Mill Street to State Route 59. Residents can expect a new roadway with one lane in each direction, plus turn lanes at Market Street and State Route 59. Additionally, there will be a lane on each side of the street for parallel parking, short-term deliveries or buses.
More upgrades include the continuation of the cycle track connecting to the nearby towpath trail, new sidewalks, pedestrian and roadway LED lighting, utility upgrades, aesthetics and amenities, including room for sidewalk cafes.
Construction of the roadway will start next year and will wrap up in early 2022.