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.
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.
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.
Substructure work is
underway for the new east and westbound Opportunity Corridor Blvd. bridges over
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.