Innerbelt Bridge Work Impacts Access from I-90 Eastbound to E 22nd Street
Access to E 22nd Street is maintained from I-77 northbound
CLEVELAND (Monday, June 6, 2011) – Now that ramp reconstruction work on the ramp from I-77 northbound to I-90 eastbound is half-complete, crews are making necessary changes to the access for E 22nd Street. Because of ongoing work and safety concerns due to short merge-distances, motorists may no longer access E 22nd Street from I-90 eastbound. This change will remain in effect through the 2011 construction season.
It is suggested that I-90 eastbound motorists exit at Broadway Avenue to access E 22nd Street. Interstate 77 northbound motorists may still access E 22nd Street.
Over the weekend, crews shifted traffic on the ramp from I-77 northbound to I-90 eastbound, and traffic is now traveling on the outside edge of the bridge. Crews are now removing the old bridge deck on the inside edge and preparing to put new bridge deck on that inside lane.
The location of the work zones and new traffic lanes requires that I-90 eastbound traffic be protected by a line of concrete barrier on the edge of the right lane. This barrier extends beyond the E 22nd Street exit because crews have to construct the approach slabs of pavement that extend beyond the bridge into the eastbound lanes. The result of these barriers is that I-90 eastbound through traffic no longer has access to the E 22nd Street exit.
Interstate 90 eastbound traffic will still have access to the Carnegie exit, but that will soon change as well.
Once the ramp work between I-77 and I-90 is complete, those ramps will operate as two-lane ramps in order to handle additional traffic flow. In order to provide for a smooth merge onto I-90 eastbound, “channelizers” – vertical, vinyl barriers – will be installed to prevent I-90 eastbound through traffic from exiting at E 22nd or at Carnegie.
After that time, the next available exit for I-90 eastbound traffic will be at Chester. Details will be forthcoming.
In September 2010, the project was awarded to Walsh Construction and designer HNTB Ohio Inc. for a total bid amount of $287.4 million. Using the unique design-build process in which the design and construction of the project are combined in a single contract, the team will complete substantial construction of the new westbound bridge during the fall of 2013 – nearly a year earlier than originally anticipated.
Log-on to Innerbelt.org or dial the Project Hotline at 216.344.0069 for more information.
Motorists are encouraged to utilize alternate forms of transportation during the construction of Cleveland’s new Innerbelt Bridge including Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) bus and rapid transit services and Ohio Rideshare carpooling services. For more information, log-on to RideRTA.com or call the RTAnswerline at 216.621.9500. Visit Ohio Rideshare on the Web at OhioRideshare.com or dial 800.825.RIDE.
For more information contact:
ODOT Innerbelt Communications Office at (216) 584-4030 or email info@Innerbelt.org.