I-490 Eastbound Ramp to I-77 Northbound to Close this Weekend
Ohio’s first stimulus funded project moves forward
Cleveland (Wednesday, September 23, 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 the complete closure of the ramp this weekend.
Beginning at approximately 7 p.m. on Friday, September 25 crews will close the I-490 eastbound ramp to I-77 northbound in order to pour the ramp’s concrete deck. The ramp will remain closed until approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, September 28 in order to allow the concrete to set and cure.
Motorists may detour via I-77 southbound and Harvard Ave.
This closure will be postponed until the following weekend should inclement weather prohibit construction activities.
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE ODOT DISTRICT 12 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE:
Jocelynn Clemings 216.584.2006