Update: ODOT’s Innerbelt Bridge Safety Plan
Innerbelt Bridge Lanes/Ramps Reopened Today
Just in time for the holidays
Cleveland (Wednesday, November 25, 2009) – Just in time for Thanksgiving holiday travelers and ‘Black Friday’ shoppers, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) crews working on downtown Cleveland’s Innerbelt Bridge today reopened lanes and ramps which have been closed for more than a year.
As part of ODOT’s Innerbelt Bridge Safety Plan, repairs which began several months ago allowed for the reopening of the W. 14th Street onramp to I-90 eastbound as well as all lanes over the Innerbelt Bridge and the Ontario Street entrance ramp to I-90 westbound, greatly improving connectivity from the Tremont and Gateway neighborhoods.
Interstate 90 westbound traffic has been returned to its original configuration – including heavy truck traffic – and motorists again have use of the Ontario Street ramp to I-90 westbound.
Interstate 90 eastbound traffic has been reopened to three, through lanes of traffic and one, dedicated lane for those motorists entering I-90 from W. 14th Street. The right lane of I-90 as it merges onto the I-90 Innerbelt Bridge at the I-71/I-490 split will remain closed and truck traffic will remain detoured from the bridge in the eastbound direction in order to increase traffic flow efficiencies.
At least one, additional weekend closure of the structure is anticipated in order to complete work as part of this phase of the Innerbelt Bridge Safety Plan. Minor steel repairs will continue through the winter of 2009. Impacts to traffic are not expected as minor steel repairs take place. Details will be forthcoming.
This phase of ODOT’s Innerbelt Bridge Safety Plan is part of the department’s $10 million investment on the Innerbelt Bridge this year. The bridge was restricted during the fall of 2008 after ODOT engineers discovered a number of steel members were aging more quickly than anticipated.
In March 2009 ODOT announced plans to construct a new westbound Innerbelt Bridge, utilizing federal transportation stimulus funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Construction of the new westbound bridge is expected to being in 2011.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE ODOT DISTRICT 12 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE:
Jocelynn Clemings 216.584.2006