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ODOT working the Weekend to advance Innerbelt Bridge Safety Plan
Crews minimize impact to Cleveland motorists with limited weekend closure  

Cleveland (Wednesday, May 6, 2009) - In the latest phase of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Innerbelt Bridge Safety Plan, crews will perform a unique procedure to realign the Interstate 90 Innerbelt Bridge into downtown Cleveland, as a way to prevent future stress to the bridge’s steel structure. 

During this weekend work, crews will essentially lift and push the span four to five inches to the west in order to better align the bridge’s joints. This allows the joints to adjust more freely as temperatures fluctuate, especially in the extreme heat of the summer and bitter cold of winter.

Prior to this weekend’s work crews will temporarily restrict traffic from the Innerbelt Bridge for a short timeframe during the overnight hours between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, when traffic is virtually non-existent. Between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m., ODOT’s bridge engineers will confirm calculations for this weekend’s unique lift. 

Then this weekend, ODOT will again temporarily restrict traffic on the Innerbelt Bridge, detouring motorists via I-77 and I-490 during the limited weekend closure. 

HELP TO INDIANS FANS: To minimize the impact of this limited weekend closure to Cleveland businesses and visitors, ODOT will maintain traffic on the Innerbelt Bridge during the two home Indians games on May 8 and May 9. A complete rundown of the limited weekend closures is as follows:

Friday, May 8:
          Beginning at 10 p.m. crews will close I-90 eastbound.
          At approximately midnight (or two hours after the completion of the Indians home game) crews will close I-90 westbound.  At this time all I-90 traffic will be detoured.
          I-90 will remain closed until approximately 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 9.

 Saturday, May 9:
          Beginning at 4 p.m. crews will reopen I-90 entirely.
          Beginning at 10 p.m. crews will close I-90 eastbound.
          At approximately midnight (or two hours after the completion of the Indians home game) crews will close I-90 westbound.  At this time all I-90 traffic will be detoured.
          I-90 will remain closed until approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, May 11.

 Sunday, May 10:
          I-90 will remain closed until approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, May 11.*

Monday, May 11:
          I-90 will reopen at approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, May 11.

* Work on Sunday will impact Sunday’s 1:05 p.m. Indians home game.  This limited weekend closure will not impact Monday morning’s rush hour traffic.

The realignment is accomplished using hydraulic jacks to lift and push the span inches to the west, to reposition the bridge atop its piers. A similar procedure was done during the summer of 1999 and has become necessary again as the bridge has settled and shifted. ODOT engineers who performed the previous realignment will again manage this project. 

This summer, as part of the Innerbelt Bridge Safety Plan, ODOT will invest $10 million in the Innerbelt Bridge to restore full use of the structure, including heavy truck traffic. In March, ODOT announced plans to construct a new $400 million westbound Innerbelt Bridge, utilizing federal transportation stimulus funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE ODOT DISTRICT 12 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE:

Jocelynn Clemings 216.584.2006 or Faye Callahan 216.584.2005