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 Current Traffic Impacts

 
I-490 Closure Information:
Starting May 29, 2019 construction crews working on Section 3 of the Opportunity Corridor Project (OC3) will be closing I-490 between East 55th Street and I-77 for approximately two years. Traffic will be detoured via Woodland or Carnegie avenues to access East 55th Street. Specific detours are as follows:
 
 
 I-77 northbound detour to East 55th Street northbound:
 
  • Exit at East 22nd Street/East 14th Street
  • Keep left onto East 14th Street
  • Keep right onto East 18th Street
  • Turn right on Carnegie Avenue to East 55th Street
I-77 northbound detour to East 55th Street southbound:
  • Exit at Woodland Avenue/East 30th Street
  • Keep right onto Woodland Avenue to East 55th Street
I-77 southbound detour to East 55th Street:
  • Exit at Woodland Avenue/East 30th Street
  • Keep left onto Woodland Avenue to East 55th Street
East 55th Street detour to I-490 westbound:
  • West on Woodland Ave to East 30th Street
  • Keep left and merge onto Orange Avenue
  • Keep right, merge onto I-77 southbound

For more information about this work click here.

 

 A Look Behind the Barrel: Section 3 Update

 
     In late-May, I-490 closed at East 55th Street. Signaling the start of major work on the third and final phase of the Opportunity Corridor project. We are six months into this two-year closure, so let’s look at what’s been done to date, what work can take place over the winter, and what to expect in 2020.
 
     At the intersection of E. 55th St. and I-490, utility relocation, pavement removal, and major excavation work is underway. A deep sanitary sewer and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District combined sewer overflow regulator installation is well underway. Due to the new E. 55th St. bridge, the existing system had to be relocated. This work is easy to see as crews are working in a large deep hole! Additionally, CEI, AT&T, Dominion, and other utilities are being removed and/or relocated to accommodate the new roadway.
 
     Crews have been busy excavating concrete on the closed section of I-490 to accommodate the lowering of I-490/Opportunity Corridor Blvd. (OC Blvd.) to pass under E. 55th St. The concrete was crushed and recycled on site to be used on other projects.
 
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Mass excavation work on I-490 can be seen in this aerial view as well as major utility work on E. 55th St. Once complete,
I-490 will pass under E. 55th Street via a new bridge and connect with the Opportunity Corridor Blvd.
 
     At other points along the new OC Blvd., crews have been performing building demolition, site clean-up, and bridge construction operations. All the commercial structures and most of the houses in the path of the new boulevard have been demolished.
 
     Earthwork for Norfolk Southern Railroad track relocation as well as substructure work for the new railroad bridge over the new OC Blvd. is underway. Crews will continue building the substructure during the winter months as weather permits.
 
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At the Norfolk Southern Bridge location, crews are completing earthwork in order to temporarily relocation the tracks in the area to accommodate construction of a new bridge that will carry the tracks over the new Opportunity Corridor Blvd.  
     Substructure work on the bridge over the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) Blue and Green lines began this year and will continue throughout the winter months.
 
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Substructure work is underway for the new east and westbound Opportunity Corridor Blvd. bridges over the GCRTA
Blue and Green line. On the east side of the tracks, crews are busy performing environmental remediation. 
     Other work that will take place during the winter months includes substructure work on the new E. 55th St. bridge that will go over the new OC Blvd. Retaining wall construction along the roadway will give access to and from the new boulevard to E. 55th St., and demolition of the E. 89th St. bridge over Norfolk Southern and GCRTA.
 
     The 2020 construction season will be a busy one as work to build the OC Blvd. intersections will take place at E. 75th St., Buckeye Rd., E. 79th St., and Woodland Rd. as well as construction of the boulevard between these intersections. Bridge work will also be prevalent as construction of the E. 59th and E. 89th pedestrian bridges begins and sewer and embankment work at the site of the new bridge over Kingsbury Run. Crews also plan to complete the E. 55th St. bridge and the bridge over the GCRTA Blue and Green lines.
 
     Underground utility work for multiple relocations and much more will also continue during the 2020 construction season as the new OC Blvd. is expected to open to traffic in fall 2021. Stay tuned for future updates here and in the project newsletter.