I-77 Widening Project Beings in Southern Cuyahoga County
Work will begin with minor impacts to traffic
GARFIELD HEIGHTS (Friday, March 17, 2017) – In early-March, crews began preliminary operations for the I-77 widening work in southern Cuyahoga County. As part of this project, I-77 will be widened to three lanes in each direction between just south of Oakes Road and the Ohio Turnpike (I-80) near the Summit County line. Work also includes lighting, signage, concrete barriers and replacement of the existing pavement.
Overnight Wednesday, March 22 through early-April, crews will close the right lane on I-77 north and/or southbound between Oakes Road and the Ohio Turnpike - weather permitting - each night Monday through Saturday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. to perform shoulder stabilization operations. This work necessary for the traffic shift that will be implemented in early-April.
The expansion will occur within the existing median of I-77, therefore all lanes of traffic will be maintained during construction using traffic shifts.
Speeds will be reduced while construction workers are present utilizing Variable Speed Limit signs. The signs will flash and the speed limit will be reduced based on when the construction crews are working in the zone. With speeds being reduced only when construction workers are present, traffic will be able to flow at the typical posted speed limit during nonworking hours, thus keeping traffic moving. Please be alert for signs similar to the one at left.
The first phase of I-77 widening was completed in 2013 between I-480 and Oakes Road. Both projects were designed and implemented to reduce congestion and improve safety on this heavily traveled corridor between Cleveland and Akron.
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Project: I-77 widening between Oakes Road and the Ohio Turnpike in the cities of Brecksville and Richfield.
Contractor: Kokosing Construction Company
Bid Amount: $18,132,295
Estimated Completion Date: July 2018
The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state's largest man-made asset--the transportation system. ODOT's mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.
For more information contact:
ODOT at (216) 584-2005 or email D12.Public.Information@dot.ohio.gov