CLEVELAND -- The Ohio Department of Transportation is preparing to open the newly constructed westbound Innerbelt Bridge this fall. That means some traffic patterns need to be shifted as the project moves forward.
The project will use the new bridge for all traffic while the second span is constructed. The second bridge is slated for completion in 2016.
Here are the changes that will be implemented as ODOT moves ahead with the project.
• Overnight tonight (October 4), I-90 east will be closed between I-490 and I-77 from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday morning. Use I-490 east to I-77 north to reach downtown destinations and I-90 east. When I-90 east reopens Saturday morning, I-90 east will be reduced to two thru-lanes. Motorists who travel from the west via I-90 east will need to use I-490 east to I-77 north to reach MidTown destinations via E 22nd St and Carnegie. These changes will remain in place until completion of the second Innerbelt Bridge in 2016.
• Last night (October 3) the ramp from SR 176 (Jennings Freeway) to I-71 north was closed and motorists will now need to use I-490 east to I-77 north to access I-90 east and downtown locations. Also, I-71 north will be restricted to one lane north of SR 176. These changes will remain in place until completion of the second Innerbelt Bridge in 2016.
ODOT is strongly encouraging drivers to use the alternate route of I-490 and I-77 as much as possible. An extra lane has been added to the route and access to all downtown Cleveland exits will be maintained throughout the remainder of the project.
Commuters should also consider alternate forms of transportation and riding RTA to avoid congestion.