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Attention Commuters: Important downtown traffic changes will be implemented this week!!

Beginning this week, I-90 will be restricted from three (3) lanes to two (2) lanes in each direction. There will also be access changes along the downtown corridor. There are additional Interstate changes that will make using the Alternate Route via I-490 and I-77 more desirable. For a map of upcoming changes, please log-on to and click on "Traffic Impacts." Highlights are below:

Gateway Impacts

  • OVERNIGHT WEDNESDAY: I-90 eastbound will be reduced to two (2) lanes. **Please Note: The additional lane on the ramp from I-77 northbound to I-90 eastbound will not be open for use until Sunday morning, July 10.
  • OVERNIGHT WEDNESDAY: Motorists will no longer be able to access Carnegie Avenue from I-90 eastbound. Motorists will still be able to access Carnegie Avenue using the alternate route via I-77.
  • OVERNIGHT FRIDAY thru MONDAY MORNING: I-90 westbound will be CLOSED completely between E 14th and Ontario Streets from 8 p.m. Friday, July 8 through 6 a.m. Monday, July 11 as work to restrict the westbound lanes takes place. Motorists will be detoured via I-77 southbound to I-490 westbound to I-90 westbound. Downtown motorists wishing to travel to the west side will still have access to I-90 westbound via both E 9th Street and Ontario Streets. On Monday morning, I-90 westbound will be reduced to two (2) lanes. The alternate route via I-77 and I-490 will also be open with one additional lane in each direction.

Regional Interstate & Ramp Impacts

  • OVERNIGHT TUESDAY: I-71 northbound will be restricted to one lane north of SR 176 (the Jennings Freeway). The ramp from I-71/SR 176 (the Jennings Freeway) will be widened to allow for an extra lane of traffic to I-90 west and I-490 east to I-90 east.
  • OVERNIGHT TUESDAY: Motorists will not have direct access to I-71 north or I-90 east from SR 176 (the Jennings Freeway). Motorists will instead be directed to I-490 eastbound to I-77 northbound to I-90 eastbound.
  • OVERNIGHT WEDNESDAY: The I-490 westbound ramp to I-77 northbound will be closed to allow free-flow of traffic on the ramp from I-490 east to I-77 north. Motorists will be detoured via W 7th Street.

Permanent or Long-Term Closures and Construction Operations

  • Pile driving operations will continue through the fall of 2011.
  • The E 30th Street/Woodland ramp to I-77 northbound is closed through the 2011 construction season. Motorists are directed via Woodland, E 22nd and Prospect to I-90 east.
  • Motorists may no longer access E 22nd Street from I-90 eastbound through the 2011 construction season. I-77 northbound motorists may still access E 22nd Street.
  • The E 14th Street ramps to both I-77 southbound and I-90 westbound are closed through the summer of 2012.
  • The E 21st Street ramp to I-77 southbound is closed through approximately 2016.
  • The I-90 eastbound ramp to I-77 southbound and I-77 northbound ramp to I-90 westbound are permanently closed.
  • University Road is permanently closed between W 13th Street and Scranton Road.

Remember... Opt for the Alternate! and use I-490 and I-77 to avoid the downtown construction. RTA is another great alternative to beat the Innerbelt construction blues. See how RTA can help at

Please exercise caution in work zones. For statewide construction information visit:
Motorists are encouraged to ride
RTA or carpool through OhioRideshare during these restrictions.
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