I-490/I-77 Interchange Closures to Take Place This Weekend
Ohio’s first stimulus funded project moves forward
Cleveland (July 9, 2009) – 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 see major changes this weekend as crews work to remove the ramp deck and parapet over the active lanes of I-490.
In order to accomplish the above mentioned work, limited weekend closures at the interchange will be necessary.
Beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 10, and continuing through approximately 5 a.m. Monday, July 13, crews will close the I-490 eastbound ramp to I-77 northbound as well as close the I-490 mainline, east* and westbound, beneath the ramp.
*Please note: Interstate 490 eastbound ONLY will reopen between 8 a.m. Saturday morning and 8 p.m. Saturday evening, July 11.
Interstate 490 westbound traffic may detour via I-77 north and E. 30th Street. Interstate 490 eastbound and ramp traffic may detour via I-77 south and Harvard Avenue. 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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE ODOT DISTRICT 12 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE:
Jocelynn Clemings 216.584.2006 or Faye Callahan 216.584.2005