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I-490 Eastbound Ramp to I-77 Northbound to Close Overnight Friday, Monday through Wednesday
Ohio’s first stimulus funded project moves forward

Cleveland (Thursday, August 20, 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 with complete closures of the ramp overnight this Friday and each night next Monday through Wednesday.  Details on overnight closures are outlined below:

Friday, August 21, 2009
Overnight Friday, August 21, crews will close the I-490 eastbound ramp to I-77 northbound from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning in order to perform sheet pile work.  Ramp traffic may detour via I-77 southbound and Harvard Ave. 

Monday, August 24, 2009
Overnight Monday, August 24, crews will close the I-490 eastbound ramp to I-77 northbound from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning in order to perform structural steel work.  Ramp traffic may detour via I-77 southbound and Harvard Ave.  Overnight Monday, August 24 during the same time frame, crews will also close I-490 in the westbound direction beneath the ramp.  I-490 westbound traffic may detour via I-77 north and E. 30th Street.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Overnight Tuesday, August 25, crews will close the I-490 eastbound ramp to I-77 northbound from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning in order to perform structural steel work.  Ramp traffic may detour via I-77 southbound and Harvard Ave.  Overnight Tuesday, August 25 during the same time frame, crews will also close I-490 in the westbound direction beneath the ramp.  I-490 westbound traffic may detour via I-77 north and E. 30th Street. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Overnight Wednesday, August 26, crews will close the I-490 eastbound ramp to I-77 northbound from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following morning in order to perform structural steel work.  Ramp traffic may detour via I-77 southbound and Harvard Ave.  Overnight Wednesday, August 26 during the same time frame, crews will also close I-490 in the eastbound direction beneath the ramp.  I-490 eastbound traffic may detour via I-77 southbound and Harvard Ave.   

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