Park free in 3 areas downtown Akron during Main Street Corridor project

October 8, 2018

Park free in 3 areas downtown Akron during Main Street Corridor project

AKRON, Ohio – Akron is offering free two-hour parking downtown to keep people coming to businesses affected by construction during the $31 million Main Street Corridor project.

The parking is expected to remain free throughout the work, which is planned to wrap up in 2020. You can park free:

at the State Street deck.in the Buchtel Lot.on the street south of Cedar Street, which includes a portion of the lot in front of Spaghetti Warehouse.

“We’re thrilled with the progress happening in downtown Akron, but we’re fully aware that it’s inconvenient,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said in a news release. “We are doing everything we can to communicate and promote that Main Street is still open for business and that it is simple and easy for patrons to get there. We hope that the community will still support our downtown businesses during this transition to a new and vibrant Main Street.”

To help people navigate downtown for the next two years, the city has posted signage in the lobbies of office buildings and installed “walk this way” dots to show the best routes around construction areas.

The city’s Drive Akron website posts regular updates about the project and offers maps and other project information.

Phase 1 is focused on the Main Street infrastructure between Cedar and Mill streets and includes:

placing the street pavement and sidewalks and adding new lanes added for parking, buses, delivery vehicles and bikes;updating the underground utilities, traffic signal equipment and lighting, and storm water system;building a roundabout with a water feature at Main and Mill streets; andrebuilding the State Street Bridge.

To fund the project, about $13 million came from two federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants and $7.5 million was awarded in Federal Bridge funds. The city’s matching contribution to the TIGER grants is about 44 percent.

To keep the community informed during the work, the city and Downtown Akron partnership will host a series of meetings and activities. For more information, call Heather Bolestridge at 330-375-2501, visit Drive Akron or send an email.

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