From April 29 to early June — about 35 days — Howe Avenue between Main Street and state Route 8 will be closed, with the Route 8 southbound entrance and northbound exit ramps to Howe Avenue also closed.

The detour will be Tallmadge Avenue to Home Avenue to Howe Avenue. Also during that time, one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction on Main Street at Howe Avenue.

"We decided to close this completely for 35 days,” said Justin Chesnic, a public information officer for the Ohio Department of Transportation. “If we would have left one lane open, it would have been extremely congested, and traffic backs up onto Route 8, and that would've taken at least 90 days to do it that way, so we figure we'll get in, expedite it, get it done in 35 days, get the road open.”

Several portions of the Main Street and Howe Avenue intersection will close for seven days at a time: the west side of the intersection in mid-May, the southeast corner in late May and the northeast corner in late May or early June

Starting this summer, from June through late October, Howe Avenue eastbound — the south side of the road — between Main Street and Buchholzer Boulevard will be closed for pavement replacement.

Howe Avenue westbound — the north side of the road — will remain open throughout the duration of the project, meaning although you’ll be able to get from Tallmadge or other eastern areas to Akron just fine, you won’t be able to make the return journey using Howe Avenue.

Eastbound Howe Avenue traffic will be detoured from Main Street to Independence Avenue to Buchholzer Boulevard.

Cuyahoga Falls engineer Tony Demasi said officials decided to keep the westbound lanes open throughout the project to maintain access to businesses — if eastbound traffic were maintained, westbound drivers would be forced to take the detour to access Howe Avenue businesses.

The work will stop this fall for the winter months — in time for the holiday shopping season — and start up again in the spring of 2020.

From May through September 2020, Howe Avenue eastbound between Main Street and Buchholzer Boulevard will again close for pavement replacement. The north side of the road — the westbound lanes — will be replaced during this phase, so westbound traffic will be diverted over into the eastbound lanes.

Chesnic said the city of Cuyahoga Falls is paying $1.2 million for the project, while the remaining funding will come from ODOT and the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS). Chesnic added he did not have a breakdown of how much money would be provided by ODOT and AMATS.

Akron-based Kenmore Construction is the project contractor.