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 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.

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What

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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Why

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. 

When

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 early 2018.  The time frame is heavily dependent on weather, utilities and other factors