The proposed improvements to East Main Street from Willow Street to Horning Road include:
An expanded tree-lined center boulevard with fewer left turns
Wider sidewalks and tree lawn on north side of the street
Enhanced and higher visibility crosswalks for pedestrians and bikes
Decorative streetlights added along the length of the roadway
Shared path for bikes and pedestrians created on the south side of the street
Two roundabouts added; one at the intersection of South Willow St., East Main St. and Haymaker Parkway, and the other at the Horning Road intersection
New bus pull-offs and shelters installed along the corridor
Dual left turn lane added on Midway Drive
East Main Street Site Plan
To view the East Main Street Site Plan, click here.
The goal with these improvements along this three-quarter mile section is to create an aesthetically pleasing, stately, less cluttered stress-free gateway into Kent that meets the current demands of East Main Street's users.
Improvements Enhance Safety
The East Main Street Improvement Project is similar to the large-scale improvements made to Summit Street. That project, completed in 2018, included a tree-lined boulevard with two roundabouts designed to reduce traffic congestion and crashes in the highly traveled stretch of road.
Data shows that the number of crashes on Summit Street has decreased significantly over the last three years. Specifically, since the project was completed, there has been a:
60% reduction in the total number of crashes
27% reduction in pedestrian crashes overall
100% reduction in the number of injury crashes and a 39% reduction in the total number of crashes at the Ted Boyd roundabout
83% reduction in injury crashes and 73% reduction in total number of crashes at the West Campus Center roundabout
No pedestrian accidents at the roundabouts
Ted Boyd roundabout
West Campus Center roundabout
Similar results are expected when the East Main improvements are completed.