I-490/I-77 Ramp Closure Cancelled Overnight Tonight, Thursday, October 8
I-490 Lane Closures Beneath the Ramp Saturday
Cleveland (Thursday, October 8, 2009) – Work originally scheduled for overnight tonight, Thursday, October 8, 2009 to close the I-490 eastbound ramp to I-77 northbound in order to pour the ramp’s concrete approach slabs has been cancelled due to forecasted inclement weather.
The ramp closure has not yet been rescheduled. Details will be forthcoming.
This Saturday, October 10, crews will, however, close multiple lanes of I-490 beneath the ramp from approximately 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in order to continue work on the ramp above. Interstate 490 will remain open.
This closure will also be postponed should inclement weather prohibit construction activities.
Work is part of 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.
Crews work to widen the I-490 ramp, improving the substandard shoulder widths and allowing for an additional lane of traffic to travel into downtown Cleveland 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 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, 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