The Innerbelt Bridge Project will construct a new I-90 westbound bridge. The existing I-90 bridge will remain open while the new bridge is constructed. The westbound bridge will be complete and open to traffic during the fall of 2013. Construction of a new eastbound bridge will follow.
Project Look Ahead:
Crews have completed work to redeck and/or widen the overpass bridges over East 14th Street, E 9th Street and I-77 that carry I-90 traffic, or that carry ramp traffic to/from I-90.
During the spring of 2012, crews completed building new sections of roadway for a relocated Broadway Avenue and a continuation of East 9th Street. This new roadway, called the E 9th Street Extension, is OPEN. Commercial Road under I-90 is CLOSED into 2013, when it will eventually reopen on a new alignment. For details on the new E 9th Street Extension, click here.
Crews have also completed embankment and retaining wall work in the area between E 14th and E 9th Streets on the north side of I-90. Together, these structures carry the new entrance ramp from E 14th Street onto I-90 west. Ramp traffic crosses over a new overpass that carries the ramp traffic over E 9th Street as it merges onto I-90 west.
Crews also completed work to improve the intersection of Carnegie Avenue and Ontario Street near downtown's Progressive Field. For more information on these improvements, click here
During the winter 2013 crews will work to create a "fill" area between the west side of Ontario and the beginning of the new Innerbelt Bridge. A new overpass over Ontario Street will connect the bridge with exisiting Interstate 90.
Downtown/Gateway District Ramps closed during the winter of 2013:
- The ramp from Ontario Street to I-90 westbound is closed.
- The ramp from E 14th Street to I-77 southbound is closed.
- The ramp from E 21st Street to I-77 southbound is closed.
Crews continue work at each of the three overpass structures at Fairfield, Kenilworth and Starkweather. Bridge work at both Starkweather and Kenilworth is complete, however crews will continue construction of a new overpass over Fairfield during the winter of 2013. Short-term closures are expected and detours will be clearly posted via alternate routes.
The Abbey loop ramp from I-90 west is now closed. Construction of the new loop ramp will continue into 2013. Access to Tremont will always be maintained via the newly reconstructed W 14th Street off-ramp.
University Road is permanently closed at the Norfolk & Southern Railroad. A large quantity of soil has been excavated from the Tremont Bluff area. This removal improves the soil stability in that area and makes room for future green space uses.
Main River Bridge
Crews work to complete the foundations and piers for the main bridge that will eventually carry I-90 westbound traffic. Structural steel erection has also begun. Work on this bridge will continue into 2013.
Maintaining Traffic During Construction
I-90 remains OPEN during construction, however the community has a primary alternate route available to avoid the active construction zones. The primary alternate route is via I-490 and I-77. Commuters can also plan to travel earlier or later to avoid peak periods of congestion. Using alternate forms of transportation and public transit are also good options!
"Opt for the Alternate!" Beginning Fall of 2013
During the fall of 2013, crews will move ALL I-90 traffic on to the new westbound Innerbelt Bridge. I-90 will be maintained with two, thru lanes in each direction as well as a dedicated entrance ramp from E 9th Street to I-90 west and a dedicated entrance ramp from Ontario Street to I-90 west.
Numerous traffic changes will take place, so motorists are advised to "Opt for the Alternate!" and use I-490 and I-77 where access to all downtown Cleveland exits will be maintained! For a map of downtown and Tremont closures, visit the "Traffic Impacts" page at the left!