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Update on Ohio’s Transportation Stimulus Investments:
Interstate 490 Westbound beneath Interstate 77 to Close for the Weekend

Cleveland (Thursday, October 15, 2009) Beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 16 crews will close I-490 in the westbound direction as well as the left lane of I-490 in the eastbound direction beneath I-77 in order to begin painting the ramp bridge above.  Closures will remain in effect through the weekend until approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, October 19. 

Interstate 490 westbound motorists may detour via I-77 northbound and E. 30th Street. 

During the day on Friday, October 16 crews will also close the right lane of I-77 southbound over E. 30th Street from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in order to perform work in the vicinity.

The primary detour during the closure of the Innerbelt Bridge – also taking place this weekend – will not be impacted by closures along mainline I-490.

Work is part of Ohio’s first American Recovery & Reinvestment Act project a $1.8 million investment to widen the ramp from I-490 eastbound to I-77 northbound and improve shoulders along several downtown Cleveland routes.

Crews work to widen the I-490 ramp, improving the substandard shoulder widths and allowing for an additional lane of traffic to travel into downtown Cleveland during restrictions or closures of the Innerbelt Bridge. The I-77/I- 490 interchange continues to see an increase in daily traffic as an alternative route during restrictions on the Innerbelt Bridge. 

In October 2008, ODOT engineers restricted traffic on the 50-year-old Innerbelt Bridge and rerouted heavy truck traffic after inspections revealed that a number of steel members were aging faster than expected.  In March 2009, ODOT announced it would build a new, five-lane, westbound I-90 Innerbelt Bridge with an investment of stimulus dollars.

As of October 6, ODOT and its local transportation partners have awarded construction contracts on 140 stimulus-funded projects, worth more than $418.8 million. These projects include major interstate upgrades, bridge modernizations, and local roadway improvements. In addition, investments have also been made in our state’s urban and rural transit agencies - with the purchase of new buses and the start of construction on new transit facilities - and in our state’s airports.

All companies awarded ODOT contracts funded by Recovery Act resources are required to post any new job opportunities at www.OhioMeansJobs.com, an online source to match job seekers with employment openings across the state.

A complete list of the transportation projects prioritized for stimulus funding - with updates on projects which have been authorized, contracts which have been awarded, and new employment opportunities - can be found online at www.dot.state.oh.us.

All dates and times are approximate and weather dependent

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE ODOT DISTRICT 12 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE:
Jocelynn Clemings 216.584.2006