Year-long Ontario ramp closure to begin

CLEVELAND - Starting Wednesday overnight, the Ontario ramp to Interstate 90 west from downtown Cleveland will be closed.

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, the closure will likely last an entire year.

ODOT spokesperson Jocelynn Clemings explained the ramp is closing so that crews can build the new Innerbelt Bridge in the path of this existing ramp.

Clemings said the final product will improve driving on the interstate.

"Quite typically during the evening rush, you'll notice that folks are backed up almost to the Terminal Tower. So, by the time this ramp reopens next year, there will be two lanes, which will guide you onto the new Innerbelt Bridge," Clemings said.

As far as extra driving time, ODOT said drivers may notice a few extra minutes added to their commute.

Overnight Wednesday though, the ramp from East 14th Street to I-90 West will reopen.

Alternative routes to get back to Interstate 90 include using the new East 14th Street Ramp, East 9th Street Ramp, or you can continue straight through the intersection and use Broadway or Orange Avenues to eventually get back on I-90 via 77 south to 490 west.

The changes to the interstate ramps are part of the Interstate Bridge Project. All the work is expected to wrap up in the fall or winter of next year.

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