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Two Interstate 77/90 Ramps to Close Permanently as Part of Innerbelt Work
Motorists will be rerouted via Interstate 490 

CLEVELAND (Tuesday, April 5, 2011) – Beginning overnight, Sunday April 10 and Monday, April 11 crews on behalf of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will permanently close the Interstate 90 eastbound ramp to Interstate 77 southbound as well as the Interstate 77 northbound ramp to Interstate 90 westbound.

Motorists will be rerouted via Interstate 490 and the roadway will be prominently designated and signed to direct motorists via the new route.

These ramps are seldom used because of their redundancy with Interstate 490 and extend the trips of those motorists traveling from the south to the west or from the west to the south.  The closure of these ramps will also eliminate the cluttered tangle of ramps in the area and remove conflict points and increase safety for motorists.     

Motorists who typically use the Interstate 77 northbound ramp to Interstate 90 westbound to access the Tremont neighborhood via either the W. 14th Street or Abbey Avenue exits will be rerouted via Interstate 490 to W. 7th Street.  Motorists may continue on W. 7th Street in the northwest direction in order to reach those businesses and homes in the Tremont neighborhood. 

Tremont residents who typically use W. 14th Street to enter I-90 eastbound and access Interstate 77 southbound will no longer be able to access Interstate 77 this way.  These motorists will instead use W. 7th Street to access Interstate 490 eastbound and Interstate 77. 

In September 2010, the project 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. 

Log-on to Innerbelt.org or dial the Project Hotline at 216.344.0069 for more information. 

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Motorists are encouraged to utilize alternate forms of transportation during the construction of Cleveland’s new Innerbelt Bridge including Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) bus and rapid transit services and Ohio Rideshare carpooling services.  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.RIDE.

For more information contact:
ODOT Innerbelt Communications Office at (216) 584-4030 or email info@Innerbelt.org.