Attention I-90 Motorists: As we prepare to complete the new westbound Innerbelt Bridge and open it to traffic this fall, a series of traffic changes will take place. These are all part of ODOT’s “Alternate Route Plan” to add a lane to I-490 and I-77 to handle the influx of traffic while all traffic is on the first new bridge. You’ve seen these changes before as these were also implemented in the summer of 2011.
Due to this weekend’s anticipated inclement weather, beginning tonight, the following changes will take place:
· Overnight tonight, Thursday, October 3, the ramp from SR 176 (Jennings Freeway) to I-71 north will close and motorists will need to use I-490 east to I-77 north to access I-90 east and downtown locations. Also, I-71 north will be restricted to one lane north of SR 176. These changes will remain in place until completion of the second Innerbelt Bridge in 2016.
· Overnight Friday, October 4, I-90 east will be closed between I-490 and I-77 from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday morning. Opt for the Alternate! Use I-490 east to I-77 north to reach downtown destinations and I-90 east. When I-90 east reopens Saturday morning, I-90 east will be reduced to two thru-lanes. Motorists who travel from the west via I-90 east will need to use I-490 east to I-77 north to reach MidTown destinations via E 22nd St and Carnegie. These changes will remain in place until completion of the second Innerbelt Bridge in 2016.
Through it all, motorists are advised to "Opt for the Alternate!" and use I-490 and I-77 where an extra lane has been added and access to all downtown Cleveland exits will be maintained. Using alternate forms of transportation and riding RTA are also suggested to avoid congestion. Please contact us at info@Innerbelt.org, or call the project hotline at 216.344.0069 with any questions or concerns.