(City of Akron) Today (Wednesday), Mayor Horrigan is pleased to announce that work on Main Street has flipped from the west side of the street to the east side, marking the completion of a vast majority of the major underground utility work on the project. This milestone moves the project one important step closer to completion which is scheduled for July 2020.
"This critical indicator of progress is a reminder that the finish line is in sight,” said Mayor Dan Horrigan. “I am excited to see the ultimate result of all the work that has gone into completely renovating our Main Street Corridor. I continue to encourage residents to support the wonderful businesses that call Main Street 'home’ as we push forward with the last stretch of Phase I construction.”
All northbound traffic, between W. State St. and just south of W. Bowery St., has now been flipped over onto the newly paved west side of the street as contractors begin work along the east side. With this shift of traffic, on-street parking will not be available within these limits. On street parking is available on University Ave., State St. and S. High St. This portion of the project (State St. to Bowery St.) is expected to be complete by June 30.
Free two hour parking will be available in the Summit County parking deck located at 200 S. High St., for those visiting Main Street businesses impacted by this phase of construction. Click here for a parking map. Vouchers are good for up to two hours. Vouchers are available with a purchase from any of the following businesses: Indulge, Key Bank, El Gato, Lockview, Baxter’s, The Peanut Shoppe, US Bank, Barley House, and the Civic Box Office. Patrons should take a ticket upon entering the deck, and then when leaving, should insert their ticket (at the High Street exit) and when prompted to pay, scan their voucher.
In addition to the work associated with the Main Street Corridor Project, private vault work on several of the historic buildings will also be ongoing. Pedestrian access and northbound traffic will be maintained for the entirety of the project.
“I extend my gratitude to all our businesses, workers, residents, and visitors for their continued patience as we completely recreate Main Street into a more beautiful, functional, and inviting corridor for all users, while also making needed upgrades to the underground utilities,” Mayor Horrigan continued. “The inconveniences of construction will be temporary, but the infrastructure investment being made along Main Street will last for generations.”
For the most up-to-date information about the project please visit www.driveakron.com.