ODOT requests public comments on proposed improvements

The Ohio Department of Transportation would like public input on potential solutions developed to alleviate traffic congestion and safety issues on state Route 8 just before the Central Interchange, and various other improvements along I-77/SR 8 from Lovers Lane to just north of Perkins Street in Akron.

State Route 8 southbound traffic “weaves” together and often causes congestion before the Central Interchange. Traffic entering from the Carroll Street on-ramp is forced to mix with traffic attempting to exit SR 8 by moving over a lane to use the off-ramps for I-76 east and I-76/77 west. The proposed solution to the weaving traffic is to “braid” the ramps to separate the traffic entering Route 8 from the traffic trying to exit Route 8.

ODOT has created three braided ramp alternatives for consideration. Braided ramps cross each other with one ramp using a bridge to cross over the other ramp below. This configuration separates traffic and eliminates backups.

The project proposes to alleviate congestion by adding an additional travel lane to Route 8 both southbound and northbound (between the Central Interchange and Perkins Street). SR 8 bridges over Beacon Street will be removed and replaced with an underpass for the future Rubber City Heritage Trail. One noise wall may be constructed.

The proposed project also includes ramp and service road reconfigurations. Additional work includes pavement widening and resurfacing, full depth pavement replacement, drainage improvements, and new lighting and signs.  

ODOT is currently seeking project construction funding, so the date of construction is to be determined.

Project information and materials (presentation, handout, exhibits, comment forms) are available at publicinput.com/SR8improvements or can be requested by calling 330-786-4975.

Opportunities for feedback and updates on the project/selection of an alternative will continue into 2024. ∞