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East Summit Street is a well-traveled road that runs through the heart of the Kent Campus of Kent State University.  The Summit Street Improvement Project will transform a 1-mile stretch of East Summit Street, from Lincoln Street to just past Loop Road, and significantly reduce traffic congestion, making it safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Contact Us

  • For specific questions about the project, contact the city of Kent’s Engineering Division at 330-678-8106.
  • For Kent Campus parking questions, contact Kent State Parking and Transit Services at 330-672-4432.
  • For general inquiries, email


Information on the Project


The project enhancements include the elimination of one intersection, relocation of Campus Center Drive to align with the Student Green, the construction of two roundabouts, a boulevard and the installation of bike paths, sidewalks and crosswalks. 

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According to the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS), Summit Street is the most congested roadway (non-freeway) in Summit and Portage counties, the most dangerous corridor for pedestrians in the city of Kent, and a high-accident area.  To resolve these issues the city of Kent has secured federal and state funding to make the improvements. 


Preliminary utility work is scheduled to begin Fall 2015 and the major construction work is anticipated to begin in Spring 2016. The project is expected to be completed in 2018.  The time frame is heavily dependent on weather, utilities and other factors.

Phase One

The first phase of work will make improvements on Summit between Fraternity Circle to just past Loop Road at Whitehall Terrace. 

Watch the Phase One Improvements

Phase Two

The second phase will improve Summit from Fraternity Circle to Lincoln.

Watch the Phase Two Improvements

What You Need to Know

  • During each phase one-way, one-lane, eastbound traffic will be maintained in the construction zones.
  • Motorists will have access to buildings and parking lots in the construction area at all times. 
  • PARTA will continue to provide bus service on Summit Street.  Check for current PARTA routes.
  • Electronic message boards will be operational in the construction zone to keep motorists updated.