Summit Street Traffic Signal
($6.5 million from
($6.4 million from ODOT)
($1.6 million from KSU)
($0.9 million from OPWC)
Design Start Date
Construction Start Date
Project Finish December 2017
The Summit Street corridor, from Lincoln Street to Loop Road, is one of the
most highly congested routes within the Portage/Summit County area. The Akron
Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS), which calculates street
capacities within the area, has determined this route has a LOS of "E."
Level of Service (LOS) - A qualitative measure from A (best) to F (worst)
describing operational conditions within a traffic stream, generally described
in terms of such factors as speed and travel time, freedom to maneuver, traffic
interruptions, comfort and convenience, and safety. LOS is measured by degree of
volume to capacity ratio.
The Summit Street Traffic Signal Coordination project is being coordinated
with Kent State University and involves the installation of new traffic signals
with central coordination from Water Street to Loop Road along the Summit Street
Included in the design will be turning lanes where appropriate and access
management. This will reduce the number of access points (drives/streets)
entering onto Summit Street. The project will also attempt to limit pedestrians
and vehicular conflicts along the corridor.
Jon Giaquinto, P.E.
City of Kent
Department of Public Service
Division of Engineering