Thursday, March 14, 2013
New intersection to get lanes painted on Friday
The Ohio Department of Transportation is planning to place pavement striping along the intersection of North Water Street, Crain Avenue and Lake Street Friday Friday morning. The work is expected to take about four hours. Traffic will be maintained with cones, but delays can be expected. The striping will be postponed until next week if it rains Friday.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Daily lane closures expected
Parts of Crain Avenue will be closed starting today as concrete repair work starts. The work will take place between Water Street and North Willow Street. Daily closures of sections of the road are expected between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Signs missing from predominantly student rental occupied streets
It seems there's no end to the end of-the-year hi-jinx. If you've driven along Crain Avenue recently you may have noticed something is missing from the neighborhood. Actually, several somethings are missing. The little, rectangular green street signs with white letters atop metal poles at several intersections along Crain Avenue are missing — presumably stolen — coincidentally about a week after classes let out for the summer at Kent State University. The signs are missing where Crain Avenue intersects with University Drive, Wilson, Linden and Sherman streets. The thieves took the signs for the individual streets and each sign re-identifying Crain Avenue to leave several bare poles appearing purposeless along the street. All four streets …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Trail remains open while construction starts on new bridge
The entrance to The Portage Hike and Bike Trail near the intersection of Crain Avenue and Lake Street will be closed for construction of the new pedestrian bridge. The path extends from near the old Crain Avenue Bridge northeast towards Beckwith Orchards. City officials said the trail itself will remain open, but users will not be able to access it from the trail entrance near the old bridge. The old bridge is in the process of being demolished to make way for a new pedestrian-only bridge that will stand in its place. The trail entrance will remain closed until further notice throughout the project, which is expected to wrap up late this year.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Goal of new Fairchild Avenue Bridge to reduce cut-through traffic in Crain Avenue neighborhood
Residents of Crain Avenue are enjoying a reduction in traffic thanks to construction on, and the opening of, the new Fairchild Avenue Bridge. The number of cars driving on Crain Avenue fell 55 percent, according to traffic counts conducted two weeks after the new bridge opened Oct. 27. "That was a big change," Kent City Engineer Jim Bowling said. “The big concern was that those people were going to go down Water Street. They didn’t." One of the original design intentions of the new Fairchild Avenue Bridge was to eliminate the direct intersection with Crain Avenue and, therefore, reduce cut-through traffic on the neighborhood street coming from the Kent State University campus and S.R. 43. The intent was to direct traffic down South Mantua …
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Crain Avenue's intersection with North Water and Lake streets redesigned to curb traffic flow
A very different Crain Avenue will greet drivers turning off the new Fairchild Avenue Bridge when it opens to traffic this morning. Crain Avenue's intersection with Lake and North Water streets was redesigned as part of the bridge project to try and cut down on the number of drivers cutting through the Crain Avenue neighborhoods from S.R. 43 on their way to Kent State University and the eastern side of Kent. Kent City Engineer Jim Bowling said between 10,000 and 11,000 cars drive through the area on an average day. "One of the goals determined by the city in the planning stages of the project was to try to protect and preserve the residential area that’s in Crain Avenue from Water Street to S.R. 59," Bowling said. Officially, the …
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Street is being repaved from North Willow Street to Elmwood Avenue
Paving work on Crain Avenue that was supposed to start in July is expected to get under way on Wednesday. The city issued a press release Monday stating the project to repave Crain Avenue between North Water Street and Elmwood Avenue would start Wednesday. The work is expected to last two to four weeks. Traffic on Crain Avenue will be maintained during construction, but delays are expected. The city will give advance notice if any part of the street needs to be closed during the project.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Work will flood the street with orange barrels for the next six to eight weeks
Avoiding Crain Avenue in Kent for the next six to eight weeks is probably the best bet for motorists as the street gets its first major facelift in at least 20 years. Orange barrels are lined up along both sides of Crain Avenue from North Willow Street east to its dead end at Elmwood Drive. Those barrels represent the start of a two-part project that will take a minimum of six weeks to complete at a combined cost of at least $215,000. Pat Homan, in the city’s engineering division, said the work under way on Crain is part of the city’s annual concrete repair program. Existing concrete driveway aprons, curbing and sections of sidewalk that have been deemed substandard by the city are being removed and replaced. An ordinance approved in late …