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Construction of a new critical care tower at Akron Children's Hospital is set to bring some changes for patients.
The changes will begin on April 22 when crews start building the new $200 million expansion project, which includes a new critical care tower on Locust Street. But those plans will require a permanent closure of the road.
The emergency department at Akron Children's Hospital will remain open, but drivers will have to get around construction by paying attention to street signs - not their GPS.
Hospital officials say free valet parking will also be provided to patients.
The critical care tower will include a new emergency department, neonatal intensive care unit and outpatient surgical suites.
*Editor's note: The total cost of the expansion project stands at $200 million. The story previously suggested that the number was for construction on the new critical care tower.
Press Release: Beginning April 22, patient families, visitors and others coming to Akron Children’s Hospital can expect traffic interruptions as construction of the hospital’s new critical care tower begins.
The new tower will be built on Locust Street, and the plans call for a permanent closing of Locust Street between Exchange Street and Buchtel Avenue.
Here are some key points regarding changes in traffic flow and access to the hospital.
Akron Children’s Emergency Department, which fronts Locust Street, will remain open at all times during the construction. The hospital offers a free valet parking service for ER patients.
Visitors should disregard their GPS instructions once they near Akron Children’s and pay attention to street signs.
Street signs directing patients to the Emergency Department will feature large red directional arrows and will say “Emergency.”
Signs with black arrows will direct people to the hospital’s Bowery and Locust Street parking decks and the hospital’s main entrance.
Patients and visitors to the Locust Professional Building will still be able to access the Locust Street Parking Deck from Locust Street by way of West State Street.
With increased traffic on Bowery Street and other surrounding streets, patients, staff and visitors are encouraged to use the walkways connecting the hospital and its professional buildings rather than attempting to cross the streets.
Maps and updated traffic conditions can be found online at akronchildrens.org/traffic.
Troopers are investigating a fatal car crash that happened Wednesday afternoon in Massillon.
The Canton Post of the State Highway Patrol reports Gary Herring, 62, of Akron was killed after he drifted left of center on State Route 241 (Wales Avenue) and struck a truck head-on.
Herring was taken to local hospital where he later died from his injuries.
The driver of the truck was not injured.
Troopers say both drivers were wearing seat belts. Authorities do not believe drugs and alcohol were a factor in the crash. The crash happened during rainy conditions on the roads.
Troopers say this is the 9th fatal crash in Stark County in 2013.
It's about that time when drivers begin to notice more orange barrels popping up throughout the area as construction season begins for the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The construction kick-off event for ODOT District 4 was held near State Route 93 (Manchester Road) where crews are already working on a roadway widening project.
District 4 Public Information Officer Justin Chesnic says ODOT is going door-to-door to let businesses and residents know about how construction in the area will impact their commute.
"That has actually helped a lot of businesses prepare," said Chesnic. "It's actually cut back on our complaints that we've gotten and kind of helps them to understand what's coming their way."
Chesnic says one of the biggest projects in Summit County is a $53 million pavement replacement project on Interstate 271.
"It's a highway that's 50 to 60 years old. Not just the pavement, but the base underneath it, the concrete, is starting to fail - so we have to go and rebuild the road completely."
Chesnic says even though it's a busy construction season, no major closures will impact drivers on the interstates.
Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is launching its own mobile app to help visitors navigate their way through the parks and trails.
The app will feature GPS enabled directions, maps and a list of daily events for all 14 parks and 125 miles of trails. The free app will be available for iPhone and Android users beginning May 1st.
Park officials say they've spent less on the app because they used an online content management platform, with graphics designed in house by park staff.
(Press Release) Metro Parks, Serving Summit County will launch a mobile app May 1. It will be available for FREE on iOS and Android, and include the following features:
•GPS enabled directions, downloadable maps, restroom locations and more for all 14 of the district’s parks and the multipurpose Bike & Hike Trail, Freedom Trail and its sections of the Towpath Trail
• Brief descriptions of 40 trails, with filters based on difficulty and distance
•A comprehensive calendar of programs and events
• Click to call phone numbers for rangers, the administrative offices, the visitors center at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm and seasonal information
•Locations of birding “hot spots,”
landmarks, fishing are as, sled hills and more
•Information about reservable pavilions and shelters
•Alerts, news, and rules and regulations
• Social media links for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Custom built mobile apps can cost tens of thousands of dollars. By using an online content management platform, with graphics designed in house by park staff,Metro Parks will be able to publish and host the app for less than $500 in 2013. In addition, staff can manage content directly rather than rely on a third party developer.
Beginning May 1, the app will be available on the iTunes Store and Google Play.
“This cross platform app will provide easy access to all of the information visitors need to enjoy the Metro Parks,” said Nathan Eppink, Chief of Marketing &
Call 330-865-8065 or visit www.summitmetroparks.org for more information.
Bond has been set at $2 million for the 18-year-old arrested in connection with the murder of a New Franklin couple.
Shawn Ford Jr., 18, of Akron appeared in Barberton Municipal Court Friday morning.
He is facing two counts of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, among other charges for the deaths of Jeffrey Schobert, 56, and his wife, Margaret, 59. Ford was the boyfriend of the couple's 18-year-old daughter, Chelsea.
Authorities say Ford used a sledgehammer to kill the couple in their home Tuesday afternoon. The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office says the couple died from blunt impacts to the head.
Ford's next appearance in court is scheduled for April 10 at 1 p.m.
The Akron Digital Academy has reversed a decision to close the school after the board of directors listened to emotional statements made at a public forum.
The Beacon Journal reports a crowd of nearly 100 parents, educators and students attended the meeting.
About a week ago, the online charter school announced plans to close at the end of the school year due to low enrollment and because of the new course standards requiring some major changes in the way the digital academy did business.
The school is expected to move forward with plans to restructure the school, which may include closing the academy's two satellite locations in churches.
On the web: www.ohio.com
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office has released the cause of death for the New Franklin couple found dead inside their home Tuesday afternoon.
The report released says the cause of death for both 56-year-old Jeffrey Schobert and 59-year-old Margaret Schobert is blunt impacts to the head. The case is being investigated as a double homicide.
Construction workers found the couple dead in their bedroom at their Rex Lake Drive home Tuesday afternoon. New Franklin police has scheduled a press conference for Thursday at 2 p.m..
Authorities say the couple's daughter was assaulted a week earlier. New Franklin police and the Akron Police Department are working together to determine if the cases are related.