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First phase of ODOT’s $10 million Innerbelt Bridge repairs nearly complete
Interstate 90 to close overnight tonight/tomorrow night 

Cleveland (Monday, July 20, 2009) - In the latest phase of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Innerbelt Bridge Safety Plan, crews will perform steel repairs to the Interstate 90 Innerbelt Bridge into downtown Cleveland, closing the bridge overnight tonight, Monday, July 20 and tomorrow night Tuesday, July 21 from approximately 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night.   

This phase of the plan is part of ODOT’s $10 million investment in the Innerbelt Bridge to restore full use of the structure, including heavy truck traffic by late 2009/early 2010.

The majority of work as part of this phase of the Safety Plan has been performed during daytime hours while the bridge has remained open for service.  This phase of the plan is expected to conclude on or around July 31, 2009.  Additional closures are not expected as part of this phase.

Additional closures are expected in future phases of repair, however closures are not expected to impact peak travel times including rush hours.  Details on future phases and additional closures will be forthcoming.

The Innerbelt Bridge is a vital link into downtown Cleveland.  In October 2008, ODOT engineers restricted traffic on the 50-year-old bridge after inspections revealed that a number of steel members were aging faster than expected.  In March, 2009 ODOT announced plans to construct a new $400 million westbound Innerbelt Bridge, utilizing federal transportation stimulus funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE ODOT DISTRICT 12 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE:
Jocelynn Clemings 216.584.2006