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Fairchild Avenue Bridge




Project Location: Crain Avenue & Fairchild Avenue


Project Budget: $23 million ($19 million from

                                                        project partners)


Project Schedule:

Design Start Date             November 2007

Construction Start Date   August 2009

Project Finish                    August 2013


Click here to view Your Guide to the Fairchild Ave. Bridge Project”




Fairchild Avenue Bridge (Crain Avenue Bridge)

The existing Crain Avenue Bridge over the Cuyahoga River and CSX Rail lines is in Poor Condition based on General Appraisals of the bridge. In addition, a 2001 inspection rated the bridge as structurally deficient. Portage County, the owner of the bridge, has performed repairs annually on the structure over the last several years to maintain the bridge crossing.

                                                                                                                                                                     The bridge is one of only five bridges crossing the Cuyahoga River in the City. The bridge serves approximately 15,000 vehicles per day, making it the second most active crossing in the City. The intersection of SR 43/Crain/Fairchild Avenue is also the most highly congested intersection in Portage and Summit counties.


The project is a joint collaboration between the City, County and ODOT. The project currently has obtained $11.65 million in federal funds from AMATS, ODOT and the County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO).

The project currently has obtained $13.25 million in federal funds from AMATS, ODOT and the County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO).

The project used the Context Sensitive Design (CSD) process to determine the purpose and needs of the project as well as other community goals. Pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular safety were critical in the layout of the project. The project includes the following major items:

  • New 4-lane bridge along Fairchild Avenue alignment
  • Wider sidewalks on the new bridge (10’ and 8’)
  • Critical link of the Hike and Bike trail systems along the river
  • Added turn lane on SR 43 and Fairchild Avenue
  • Wider walkways set back away from the pavement
  • Raising of the A.B.C. Rail lines to address poor sight distance
  • Added green space along the east side of SR 43 north of the new bridge
  • Permanent storm water quality treatment measures
  • The City of Kent is pleased to share the following renderings on the new Fairchild Avenue Bridge:


    Lake Street looking south onto N. Water Street towards the Star of the West Mill







    The Portage Hike and Bike Trail, between N. Mantua Street and the west bank of the Cuyahoga River, looking north toward the new Fairchild Avenue Bridge







    The new pedestrian bridge, located at the old Crain Avenue Bridge site, looking north up the Cuyahoga River and along N. Mantua Street




    Phase 3 Construction was completed with the opening of SR 43

    Phase 4 Construction continues with the following:

    • Paving bike trail
    • Constructing stormwater wetland
    • Completing retaining walls and seating adjunct to the bike trail
    • Installing railing on pedestrian/utility bridge


    High Water Hazard Continues:

    • ·An access causeway is installed on the Cuyahoga River just downstream of the Crain Avenue Bridge, approximately one mile downstream of the River Bend put-in and 100 yards upstream of Brady’s Leap.

    • Restricts the river flow from 70 feet wide to a 21 foot wide sluice with a bridge crossing.

    • Paddlers should avoid the area.

     Construction Traffic Update:

    • All lanes open
    • Temporary delays to be expected when surface course paving and final striping are completed this summer

    ·          Access to businesses and residences will be maintained.


    Water and phone lines on new utility trail bridge

    SR 43 is now open

    Demolition of existing bridge



    James Bowling, P.E.             

    City Engineer

    Phone: 330-678-8106

    Email: bowlingj@kent-ohio.org

      City of Kent

    Department of Public Service

    Division of Engineering