Summit Street Improvement Project

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 transformed 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. The project began in spring 2016 and was completed in August 2018.

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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 began in Fall 2015 and the major construction work started in Spring 2016. The project is expected to be completed in August 2018.  The time frame is heavily dependent on weather, utilities and other factors.