Additional Lanes Reopen on I-90 Innerbelt Bridge
Cleveland (Monday, December 1, 2008) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) today reopened one lane of traffic in each direction on the I-90 Innerbelt Bridge.
The majority of heavy truck traffic has been successfully detoured from the structure allowing for three lanes of light vehicle traffic in both the east and westbound directions.
Under ODOT’s Innerbelt Bridge Safety Plan, the East 9th Street ramp to I-90 westbound and Ontario Street ramp to I-77 southbound have also reopened.
The Ontario Street entrance ramp to I-90 westbound and W. 14th Street entrance ramp to I-90 eastbound will remain closed.
ODOT will perform a safety analysis of the new traffic patterns at the ramp from I-90 eastbound to E. 22nd Street and at the ramp from E. 14th Street to I-77 southbound. ODOT is working with the City of Cleveland to determine if there is safe and sufficient space to merge at these locations.
In October, ODOT engineers restricted traffic on the Innerbelt Bridge after inspections revealed that a number of steel members on the 50-year-old Innerbelt Bridge were aging faster than expected. Further analysis and testing – combined with consultation from the Federal Highway Administration, the City of Cleveland, and engineers at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Cincinnati – showed that stress and strain was not as significant but still required attention.
This Innerbelt Bridge Safety Plan will remain in effect until plans are finalized to repair, reinforce or replace the aging steel structure. While no specific timetable has been determined, those decisions will likely be made during the coming months.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE ODOT DISTRICT 12 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE:
Jocelynn Clemings 216.584.2006, Faye Callahan 216.584.2005 or Mark Ziaja 216.584.2007
Ted Strickland, Governor James G. Beasley, P.E., P.S., ODOT Director Bonita G Teeuwen P.E., ODOT District 12 Director