I-490/I-77 Interchange Closures to Take Place Overnight this Week/Early Next
Ohio’s first stimulus funded project moves forward
Cleveland (July 15, 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 – will continue this week and early next with overnight closures of the ramp from I-490 eastbound to I-77 northbound as well as complete closures of I-490 westbound beneath the ramp.
Overnight each night, Wednesday, July 15 through Friday, July 17 and Monday, July 20, crews will close the I-490 eastbound ramp to I-77 northbound from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. each morning in order to perform sheet piling operations. 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.
Overnight each night Tuesday, July 21 through Friday, July 24 crews will close I-490 westbound mainline only beneath the ramp from I-490 eastbound to I-77 northbound from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. each morning in order to perform sheet piling operations. Motorists will be detoured via I-77 north and E. 30th Street and I-77 southbound where they may reenter I-490 westbound.
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 or Faye Callahan 216.584.2005