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