CLEVELAND - Commuters using Interstate 90 east to get into town need to get ready for the next phase of construction on the new innerbelt bridge. Crews will be closing the I-90 east exit ramp to East 9th Street early Saturday morning. The exit will be closed for about 60 days or until the beginning of December. Motorists will still be able to use the Broadway and Ontario street exits from I-90 East. The Chester Ave. exit will also stay open.
"Motorists attending downtown events on Saturday should allow extra time to get downtown as traffic patterns will be changing and detours for many popular downtown routes will be in place," ODOT said in a release. "All routes into and out of downtown will be OPEN for both pre- and post-game Browns traffic, BUT the E 9th Street exit from I-90 east will be CLOSED."
Exit and traffic lanes are being adjusted to allow for construction of new bridge decks. This is the cause for the "squeezed" lanes on I-90 in the downtown area. Closing the East 9th street ramp will allow crews to finish this phase of the project.
ODOT says a better alternative to taking I-90 East into town may be to take I-490 East to I-77 North and then use the East 9th,14th, or 22nd street exits. The Carnegie Avenue exit will continue to remain open as well.
The best way to get information about traffic pattern changes during the bridge construction is to log on to www.innerbelt.org. Then select "Innerbelt Update" for the latest information.