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Update on Ohio’s Transportation Stimulus Investments:
I-490/I-77 Ramp Closures Scheduled for Overnight Tonight/Tomorrow Night

Cleveland (Tuesday, October 13, 2009) Overnight tonight, Tuesday, October 13 and tomorrow, Wednesday October 14, crews will close the I-490 eastbound ramp to I-77 northbound from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. each morning.  Motorists will be detoured via I-77 southbound and Harvard Ave.

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.

As of October 6, ODOT and its local transportation partners have awarded construction contracts on 140 stimulus-funded projects, worth more than $418.8 million. These projects include major interstate upgrades, bridge modernizations, and local roadway improvements. In addition, investments have also been made in our state’s urban and rural transit agencies - with the purchase of new buses and the start of construction on new transit facilities - and in our state’s airports. 

All companies awarded ODOT contracts funded by Recovery Act resources are required to post any new job opportunities at www.OhioMeansJobs.com, an online source to match job seekers with employment openings across the state. 

A complete list of the transportation projects prioritized for stimulus funding - with updates on projects which have been authorized, contracts which have been awarded, and new employment opportunities - can be found online at www.dot.state.oh.us.

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