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Interstate On-Ramp to Close as Part of Innerbelt Reconstruction Work
E. 21st Street ramp to I-77 southbound will be closed long-term for bridge construction 

CLEVELAND (Monday, March 7, 2011) – Beginning overnight Tuesday, March 8, weather dependent, crews on behalf of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will close the E. 21st Street ramp to I-77 southbound. 

The E. 21st Street ramp will remain closed until both the new westbound and eastbound Innerbelt bridges are constructed for at least six years.  Motorists will be detoured west on Carnegie Avenue to E. 14th Street or east on Carnegie Avenue to E. 22nd Street.  Both E. 14th and E. 22nd Streets allow motorists to enter Orange Avenue and continue on to I-77 southbound.   

Following the closure of the E. 21st Street ramp, crews will also restrict the I-90 westbound ramp to I-77 southbound to one lane as the ramp over E. 14th Street is rebuilt.  Traffic will be maintained in a one-lane configuration until approximately late May.  Delays are expected on I-90 westbound, particularly during the afternoon rush.  Traffic will also be shifted on the I-77 northbound ramp to I-90 eastbound as that ramp is rebuilt and widened over E. 14th Street.  Restrictions and traffic shifts will remain in effect until late May.  Intermittent lane closures are also expected on E. 14th Street beneath I-90 however lane closures will not impact peak travel times.                                                                                                                              

Along with this work, crews are currently working to demolish buildings – including the Cleveland Cold Storage and Broadway Mills Buildings – to make way for the new westbound bridge.  University Road is permanently closed between W. 14th Street and the Norfolk Southern Railroad in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood.  Those motorists wishing to travel to the Tremont neighborhood are rerouted via Scranton Road and Fairfield Avenue. 

In September 2010, the project to construct the first of two new bridges 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.   

Official groundbreaking will take place early this spring.  

In other news, on Monday, February 7, ODOT began seeking firms to design the second new bridge.  Estimated at $320 million, construction of the new eastbound bridge is expected to begin in 2014 and be completed by 2016.

For more information, log-on to Innerbelt.org or dial the Project Hotline at 216.344.0069. 

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Motorists are encouraged to utilize alternate forms of transportation during construction including Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) bus and rapid transit services and the OhioRideshare carpooling matching service provided free by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA).  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 800.825.7433. 

For more information contact:
ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2006 or email D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us.