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I-490/I-77 Ramp Closure Rescheduled for Saturday, October 10
Interstate 490 westbound to close beneath the ramp during the same timeframe

Cleveland (Friday, October 9, 2009) Work originally scheduled for overnight Thursday, October 8 to close the I-490 eastbound ramp to I-77 northbound in order to pour the ramp’s concrete approach slabs has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 10.

This Saturday, October 10, crews will close the I-490 eastbound ramp to I-77 northbound from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Motorists will be detoured via I-77 southbound and Harvard Ave.

Crews will also close I-490 in the westbound direction beneath the ramp during the same timeframe.  Interstate 490 westbound traffic will be detoured via I-77 northbound and E. 30th Street.

Closures will 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

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE ODOT DISTRICT 12 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE:
Jocelynn Clemings 216.584.2006