Weekend Work to Again Impact Motorists Headed Downtown from the South
Portions of I-71 & I-77 to close this weekend
GARFIELD HEIGHTS (Wednesday, October 21, 2015) – This weekend, crews on behalf of the Ohio Department of Transportation will close portions of both I-71 and I-77 approaching Downtown Cleveland. Motorists who are traveling from areas south of Cleveland, who usually take I-77 north or I-71 north, should use SR 176 (the Jennings Freeway) north to I-490 east to I-77 north to reach Downtown Cleveland.
The closure of I-71 north is anticipated to begin at 10 a.m. on Friday. “Due to the amount of work on I-71, we’ve condensed the schedule to fit into one, final weekend closure,” said Jocelynn Clemings, ODOT spokesperson. “The 10 a.m. closure allows us to complete the needed work in this area without completely closing the roadway again.” The closure of I-77 in both directions will begin at 7 p.m. Friday night. All lanes on both roadways will reopen by 6 a.m. Monday morning.
Work on I-77 will pave the approaches to the newly re-decked bridge just north of I-480. On I-71, crews will work to resurface the bridge that carries I-71 over the Jennings Freeway at the Metro Curve (approaching the Innerbelt). This is the final of two weekends needed to close both roadways.
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Details on weekend closures are below:
On I-71 North:
I-71 north will be closed at the Metro Curve (at I-490) from 10 a.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday, October 23-26. Motorists will be detoured via I-490 east to I-77 north to reach Downtown and I-90. The southbound lanes of I-71 are NOT impacted by this work. In addition, the West 25th Street/Fulton Road on-ramps to I-71 north will be closed from 10 a.m. Friday though 6 a.m. Monday. Detours will be posted.
On I-77 North & South:
I-77 north and south will close between I-480 and SR 21 (just north of I-480) from 7 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday, October 23-26. All traffic leaving downtown Cleveland via I-77 south will be detoured via I-490 westbound to SR 176 south. Motorists who are trying to access I-77 north will be detoured via SR 176 north to I-490 east. The ramps from I-480 east and west to I-77 north will also be closed during this time. NEW!! In addition, the ramp from SR 21 to I-77 north will also be CLOSED from 9 p.m. Friday thru 6 a.m. Monday. Detours will be posted.