Safety Improvements Coming for Westside Motorists
Project will improve traffic flow on I-90 east near West 25th Street
CLEVELAND (Thursday, March 19, 2015) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will soon begin a project to make safety improvements to I-90 east approaching the I-490/I-71/SR 176 interchange which, upon completion of the second Voinovich Bridge, will help improve the flow of traffic for westside commuters.
Starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 crews will close one lane on I-90 east near West 25th Street. Another lane will be closed at 7 p.m. and both lanes will remain closed until noon on Sunday in order to shift traffic in the vicinity. Upon reopening on Sunday, motorists should be alert for shifted lanes.
In order to construct the project, the I-90 eastbound exit ramp to West 25th Street will be closed starting this spring. Additional lane and ramp closures on I-90 east at West 25th Street are expected during off-peak hours. Details and detours will be forthcoming.
Upon completion of the second Voinovich Bridge, the I-90 east approach will be reconfigured to provide two lanes to I-490 east, two lanes to continue on I-90 east and one lane to I-71/SR 176 south. The new configuration will also create a new exit lane for those exiting onto West 25th Street and allow traffic entering I-90 from West 41st more time to merge onto I-90 east. Traffic entering I-90 from West 41st will also be able to continue to I-71/SR 176 without making a lane change.
This configuration will enhance capacity and improve sight distance and drainage. All lanes will be open and functional following completion of the eastbound Voinovich Bridge in late 2016.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.