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I-490 East & Westbound Beneath I-77 to Close Overnight Tonight
Ohio’s first stimulus funded project moves forward

Cleveland (Wednesday, September 2, 2009) Work on Ohio’s first American Recovery & Reinvestment Act project a $1.8 million investment to widen the ramp from I-490 eastbound to I-77 northbound and improve shoulders along several downtown Cleveland routes will continue this week with overnight closures.  Details on overnight closures are outlined below:

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Overnight tonight, Wednesday, September 2, crews will close I-490 east and westbound beneath I-77 from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. tomorrow morning in order to perform work on the ramp above.  I-490 eastbound traffic may detour via I-77 southbound and Harvard Ave.  I-490 westbound traffic may detour via I-77 northbound and E. 30th Street.

 

Crews will also close the right lane of I-77 northbound at E. 30th Street from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. in order to perform work in the area.

 

The I-490 eastbound ramp to I-77 northbound will remain open.

 

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Overnight tomorrow night, Thursday, September 3, crews will close I-490 westbound only beneath I-77 from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. Friday morning in order to perform work on the ramp above.  I-490 westbound traffic may detour via I-77 northbound and E. 30th Street.

The I-490 eastbound ramp to I-77 northbound will remain open.

 

Over the next several months, crews will widen the I-490 ramp, improving the substandard shoulder widths and allowing for an additional lane of traffic to travel into downtown Cleveland, but only during restrictions or closures of the Innerbelt Bridge. The I-77/I- 490 interchange continues to see an increase in daily traffic, as an alternative route during restrictions on the aging Innerbelt Bridge.  In October 2008, ODOT engineers restricted traffic on the 50-year-old Innerbelt Bridge and rerouted heavy truck traffic after inspections revealed that a number of steel members were aging faster than expected.  In March 2009, ODOT announced it would build a new $400 million, five-lane, westbound I-90 Innerbelt Bridge with an investment of stimulus dollars.

All dates and times are approximate and weather dependent

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