During the late summer/early fall of 2014, crews will permanently close the on-ramps to I-77 south from both E 9th and Ontario Streets. This access will be replaced with a wider, more attractive boulevard along Orange Avenue. Click here for a before and after image.
The entrance ramp to I-77 south at East 30th will be widened to carry two (2) lanes of traffic onto I-77 south (rather than the one you see today). The timing of the signals along Orange will be improved and Orange will be maintained with three (3) lanes all the way to E 30th Street (one to Woodland and two to I-77). Crews will also make changes to East 30th itself to improve the flow/signal timing on Orange Avenue.
In addition, crews will reconfigure and re-open the E 14th entrance ramp to I-77 south which is currently closed. Traffic also has the option to follow Broadway to enter I-77 southbound, south of I-490.
Traffic studies show that all of these combined changes result in acceptable movement of traffic out of the city.
Crews will also build a NEW ramp for East 9th Street southbound (outbound) and a new roadway which will serve locations along the E 9th Street Extension, Orange Avenue and E 14th Street. This access will replace the Broadway exit ramp. See a rendering below: