Bridge Deck Replacement Project to Close I-77 Starting Saturday Night
New traffic configuration beginning Monday
GARFIELD HEIGHTS (Wednesday, March 11, 2015) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Ruhlin Company are preparing for year two of major work on the I-77 bridge deck replacement project.
Weather permitting; on Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. crews will close all lanes of I-77 north and southbound between I-480 and SR 21 until 6 a.m. Monday, March 16 in order to implement a new traffic pattern. Motorists will be detoured via SR 176 and I-490. All traffic leaving downtown Cleveland via I-77 southbound will be detoured via I-490 westbound to SR 176 southbound.
Also during this weekend closure, the I-480 eastbound ramp to I-77 northbound will be closed and remain closed until early-November 2015. I-480 eastbound motorists will be detoured via SR 176 northbound to I-490 eastbound to I-77.
Just like last year, during construction, three lanes in each direction on I-77 will be maintained on the bridge. This will be done utilizing a "Contraflow" traffic pattern. Concrete barriers will be used to separate traffic while one or more lanes are shifted onto the opposite side of the highway. This configuration allows the contractor to have full access to a safe work zone during all phases of construction.
The speed limit in the work zone will be reduced to 50 mph and will be strictly enforced by local police departments.
Off-peak lane closures on I-77 are expected through the duration of the project. Motorists are encouraged to visit the project’s website and sign-up for email updates about closures and restrictions.
The entire project replaces the bridge deck and improve drainage on I-77 north and southbound between I-480 and Grant Avenue over the Cuyahoga River, SR 17 (Granger Road), Canal Road, CSX Railroad and the Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation. Minor operations began during the summer of 2013 with the bulk of work taking place in 2014 and 2015. Major work is expected to be complete this fall.