The City of Kent, in partnership with Kent State University and the Portage Area Regional Transit Authority, has received a $5.25 million RAISE grant for the Reimagining the Gateway East Main Street Corridor project.
Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) is part of the federal government’s investment in infrastructure across the United States. The East Main Street project was one of 162 programs to receive funding.
Reimagining the Gateway will make significant multi-modal improvements to a nearly one-mile, car-centric section of East Main Street that includes the university, entrances to nearby neighborhoods and many commercial destinations.
Part of the RAISE grant funds will be used to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for public use. The stations will be located in four Kent State parking lots on the north side of campus adjacent to East Main Street.
In announcing the award, the U.S. Transportation Department noted that project is strong in safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, mobility and community connectivity, economic competitiveness and opportunity, state of good repair, and partnership and collaboration.
Letters of support for the grant application came from various federal, state and local officials, including U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and J.D. Vance of Ohio, Congressman David Joyce, Kent State President Todd Diacon, Portage County Commissioners, the Portage County Engineer, and the Ohio Department of Transportation.