Akron: East Market Street Resurfacing
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~ The City of Akron is set to begin resurfacing 3.5 miles of East Market Street between High Street and the I76 westbound ramp in 2024. The project will also include a lane reduction between East Buchtel Avenue and Case Avenue, as well as between Innovation Way and I76.

The deteriorated asphalt roadway pavement will be resurfaced within the project limits, while utility castings in the road will be adjusted to better match the pavement surface elevation for a smoother riding surface. Curb ramps will also be constructed where missing, and those in poor condition or not ADA compliant will be replaced.

A review of traffic accident data showed a total of 238 accidents from 2018 to current on East Market Street between East Buchtel Avenue and Case Avenue, with 131 accidents from 2018 to current on East Market between Innovation Way and I76. Many of these accidents are contributed to rear end collisions when vehicles are stopping or slowing down in a travel lane, with sideswipe accidents from changing lanes making up 66 of the crashes.

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In order to reduce these types of accidents, the roadway striping will be changed from two travel lanes in each direction to one travel lane in each direction with a two-way left turn lane in the middle of the roadway. This type of resurfacing is recognized as a proven safety countermeasure by the Federal Highway Administration, which has demonstrated that it can reduce vehicle-to-vehicle crashes and lower vehicle speeds through the corridor.

Questions, comments, and concerns regarding this project may be sent by June 19th via email or mailed to Akron Engineering Bureau at 166 South High Street Design Division Room 701 Akron Ohio 44308 Attn: Matthew Neff. For further information contact Kelli Stewart at Communications Specialist - Public Service E-mail: .

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