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Overnight Closures to Take Place at Locations throughout Cleveland Beginning Tonight
Ohio’s first stimulus funded project moves forward

Cleveland (Wednesday, July 29, 2009) Work on 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 will continue this week.  Details on overnight closures beginning tonight, Wednesday, July 29, are outlined below:

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Overnight tonight, Wednesday, July 29, crews will close the I-77 northbound ramp to I-90 westbound and close the left lane of I-77 northbound at I-90 from approximately 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. Thursday, July 30 in order to perform shoulder upgrades in the vicinity.  Motorists may detour via E. 9th Street to Carnegie Avenue where they may reenter I-90 westbound.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009
Overnight Thursday, July 30, crews will close the I-490 eastbound ramp to I-77 northbound from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. in order to perform work on the ramp.  Motorists may detour via I-77 southbound to Harvard Avenue.

Overnight Thursday, July 30 from approximately 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. Friday, July 31 crews will perform shoulder upgrades at the Ontario Street ramp to I-77 southbound.  The Ontario Street ramp will be restricted, however it will remain open.

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Friday, July 31, 2009
Overnight Friday, July 31, crews will close the I-490 eastbound ramp to I-77 northbound from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. in order to perform work on the ramp.  Motorists may detour via I-77 southbound to Harvard Avenue.

Beginning Friday, July 31, crews will close the I-90 eastbound ramp to E. 22nd Street and close the right lanes of I-90 east and westbound under the E. 22nd Street/Cedar Avenue bridges from approximately 7 p.m. Friday until 5 p.m. the evening of Saturday, August 1 in order to perform shoulder upgrades in the vicinity.  Motorists may detour via I-90 eastbound to Superior Avenue where they may continue westbound to E. 22nd Street.

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Over the next several months, crews will widen the I-490 ramp, improving the substandard shoulder widths and allowing for an additional lane of traffic to travel into downtown Cleveland, but only 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 aging 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 $400 million, five-lane, westbound I-90 Innerbelt Bridge with an investment of stimulus dollars.

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