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I-90 Lane Closures Tonight/Tomorrow Night
Lane closures necessary as crews perform bridge maintenance activities 

Cleveland (Thursday, February 05, 2009)During the coming days, crews will institute lane closures on the I-90 Innerbelt Bridge in order to perform bridge maintenance activities.  Lane closures are as follows:

  • Overnight Thursday, February 5: Crews will close the left two lanes of I-90 eastbound from approximately 9 p.m. until 6 a.m.  One lane will remain open for access. 
  • Overnight Friday, February 6: Crews will close the left two lanes of I-90 westbound from approximately 9 p.m. until 6 a.m.  One lane will remain open for access. 

All work is weather dependent and will be rescheduled should conditions warrant.  Work will not impact downtown event traffic.

Closures are necessary as crews work to repair a bridge joint on the west side of the structure.  Closures are the result of maintenance activities and are in no way related to ongoing lane closures and restrictions to heavy truck traffic.

Work is being completed during the winter months as the expansion and contraction of joints is dictated by temperature and work must be completed before the joint is closed.

In October 2008, ODOT engineers restricted traffic on the Innerbelt Bridge after inspections revealed that a number of steel members on the 50-year-old Innerbelt Bridge were aging faster than expected. Further analysis and testing – combined with consultation from the Federal Highway Administration, the City of Cleveland and engineers at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Cincinnati – showed that stress and strain was not as significant but still required attention.

This Innerbelt Bridge Safety Plan, which includes reduced lanes and restricted heavy truck traffic, will remain in effect until plans are finalized to repair, reinforce or replace the aging steel structure. While no specific timetable has been determined, those decisions will likely be made during the coming months.



Jocelynn Clemings 216.584.2006, Faye Callahan 216.584.2005 or Mark Ziaja 216.584.2007