Cleveland, Ohio: A portion of I-77 was temporarily closed as major construction project begins and the Ohio Department of Transportation declared that this closure was a part of Phase 1 of the Bridge Deck Replacement Project over the Cuyahoga River.
Drivers had been alerted as all lanes along I-77 North and I-77 South between Grant Ave in Cleveland and I-480 were closed March 14 night and remained closed until March 17 early morning. Traffic was diverted along SR 176 and I-490 and as per ODOT, drivers who needed to access between I-490 and state Route 21, were suggested to use I-490 westbound to W. 7th Street to I-490 eastbound to I-77 southbound.
According to ODOT the I-480 westbound ramp to 77 North and the 77 southbound ramp to I-480 East are expected to become one lane and will stay like that until November. Though ODOT has claimed that the project will last two construction seasons and will be complete in late 2016 with minor operations continuing into 2017, the winter-weary Northeast Ohio drivers are giving a cold shoulder to the entire construction project.
According to the drivers the various under process major construction projects like the Innerbelt Bridge construction are creating serious challenges to reach the town. It is causing difficulties for those who work downtown. But ODOT insists that the bridge deck replacement work and repairing the drainage is very important and will continue with some lane restrictions, changes in traffic patterns and reduced speeds.