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Update on Ohio’s Transportation Stimulus Investments:
W. 130th Street Entrance Ramp to I-480 Westbound to Reopen Early
W. 130th Street Entrance Ramp to I-480 Eastbound to Close Monday, October 19 

Garfield Heights (Friday, October 9, 2009) Crews on behalf of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) have completed work on the W. 130th Street entrance ramp to I-480 westbound and intend to reopen the ramp today, Friday, October 9 prior to the evening rush – 10 days earlier than expected. 

The ramp was originally closed on Monday, September 28 and was anticipated to remain closed through Monday October 19. 

In order to continue work at the interchange, beginning at approximately 6 a.m. on Monday, October 19, crews will close the W. 130th Street entrance ramp to I-480 eastbound for a period of approximately 21 days or until November 9, 2009. 

Motorists may detour via W. 139th Street. 

The entire $823,000 project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and improves badly deteriorated ramps at the interchange of I-480 and W. 130th Street in the cities of Brook Park and Cleveland.

Details on future ramp closures - including work to improve the I-480 westbound exit ramp to W. 130th Street - will be forthcoming.

As of October 6, ODOT and its local transportation partners have awarded construction contracts on 140 stimulus-funded projects, worth more than $418.8 million. These projects include major interstate upgrades, bridge modernizations, and local roadway improvements. In addition, investments have also been made in our state’s urban and rural transit agencies - with the purchase of new buses and the start of construction on new transit facilities - and in our state’s airports. 

All companies awarded ODOT contracts funded by Recovery Act resources are required to post any new job opportunities at www.OhioMeansJobs.com, an online source to match job seekers with employment openings across the state.

A complete list of the transportation projects prioritized for stimulus funding - with updates on projects which have been authorized, contracts which have been awarded, and new employment opportunities - can be found online at www.dot.state.oh.us.


For more information, contact the ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2006.