CLEVELAND -- Part of the Innerbelt Bridge Project will mean lane closures at one of the busiest intersections near Downtown Cleveland.
Beginning the morning of Friday, April 6, Carnegie Avenue traffic will be reduced to three lanes between Ontario and E. 9th Streets.
One east-bound lane and two west-bound lanes will be open. The open lanes will be closest to Progressive Field at the start of the project.
Inbound traffic on Ontario will also be reduced to just three lanes.
Two lanes will run straight through to downtown, and one lane will be designated for left turns onto the Lorain Carnegie Bridge.
The right turn, east-bound lane to Carnegie Avenue from Ontario will be closed during the construction process.
This all makes for an anticipated delay, especially for people who commute downtown during the morning rush hour.
Carnegie and Ontario is one of the busiest intersections in town: up to 60,000 cars pass through every week day.
The height of the backup is expected near the base of the Lorain Carnegie Bridge, where traffic meets that coming in off I-90 and I-77.
The construction is part of a larger plan to tear up and repave Carnegie Avenue with a new roadway that should last 30 years.
ODOT, which waited until spring to begin the project due to weather conditions, purposely chose the timing.
The plan is to have the resurfacing complete between E. 9th and Ontario in time for the Horseshoe Casino opening on May 12.
After that surface construction on Carnegie Avenue will slow for a few months and lanes will reopen, until the initial traffic surrounding the casino dies down.
The Carnegie Avenue project will be entirely finished by November.