CLEVELAND -- Overnight Sunday, the Ohio Department of Transportation permanently closed the Interstate 90 eastbound ramp to Interstate 77 southbound and will close the I-77 northbound ramp to I-90 westbound overnight Monday (April 11).
Drivers will be rerouted via Interstate 490 and the roadway will be prominently designated and signed to direct drivers via the new route.
These ramps are seldom used because of their redundancy with Interstate 490 and extend the trips of those motorists traveling from the south to the west or from the west to the south.
The closure of these ramps will also eliminate the cluttered tangle of ramps in the area and remove conflict points and increase safety for motorists, ODOT said.
Drivers who typically use the Interstate 77 northbound ramp to Interstate 90 westbound to access the Tremont neighborhood via either the W. 14th Street or Abbey Avenue exits will be rerouted via Interstate 490 to W. 7th Street.
Drivers may continue on W. 7th Street in the northwest direction in order to reach those businesses and homes in the Tremont neighborhood.
Tremont residents who typically use W. 14th Street to enter I-90 eastbound and access Interstate 77 southbound will no longer be able to access Interstate 77 this way.
These drivers will instead use W. 7th Street to access Interstate 490 eastbound and Interstate 77.
The new Innerbelt Bridge project was awarded to Walsh Construction and designer HNTB Ohio Inc. for a total bid amount of $287.4 million.
The team will complete substantial construction of the new westbound bridge during the fall of 2013 - nearly a year earlier than originally anticipated.