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I-490/I-77 Interchange Closures to Take Place Overnight this Week
Schedule modified in order to accommodate Monday and Tuesday night I-90 Innerbelt Bridge closures

Cleveland (Monday, July 20, 2009) This week’s 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 has been modified in order to accommodate closures of the I-90 Innerbelt Bridge which will take place overnight Monday, July 20 and Tuesday, July 21.

This week’s modified closures at the I-490/I-77 interchange are detailed below:

Overnight tonight, Monday, July 20 and tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 21, crews will close I-490 eastbound beneath I-77 from 7:30 p.m. until 6 a.m. in order to perform sheet piling operations.  Motorists may detour via I-77 south and Harvard Avenue where they may reenter I-77 northbound and continue on to I-490 eastbound.

Overnight each night Wednesday, July 22 through Friday, July 24 crews will close I-490 westbound beneath I-77 from 7:30 p.m. until 6 a.m. in order to perform sheet piling operations.  Motorists may detour via I-77 north and E. 30th Street and I-77 southbound where they may reenter I-490 westbound.

Beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, crews will close the I-490 eastbound ramp to I-77 northbound until approximately 5 a.m. on Sunday, July 26.  Motorists will be detoured via I-77 south and Harvard Avenue where they may reenter I-77 northbound.  The Harvard Avenue detour will also serve as the primary detour for heavy truck traffic which has been diverted from the I-90 Innerbelt Bridge.

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