CLEVELAND - Wednesday marks the start of a series of stages that will result in the opening of the new Innerbelt Bridge.
Overnight Wednesday, the E. 21st ramp to I-77 SB will close. This closure will remain in place until the second bridge opens in 2016.
Cleveland's new Innerbelt Bridge is set to open fully to traffic in late November. The Ohio Department of Transportation will begin with the closure of the E. 21st ramp, and then overnight on Friday a series of other changes will be made.
Friday night, the Ontario and E. 9th St ramps to I-90 WB will reopen and allow traffic onto the new Innerbelt Bridge.
When those ramps reopen, ODOT will close the E. 14th St. ramp to I-90 WB in addition to the E. 21st ramp to I-77 SB. In addition, ODOT will close the Ontario EXIT ramp from I-90 EB to Ontario. The E. 9th St. exit ramp will remain open, however it is expected to get crowded.
Commuters using the newly reopened Ontario and E. 9th St. ramps will have access to either I-90 west or the Abbey loop-ramp in Tremont. All other traffic will remain on the old bridge. It will take another couple weeks before all traffic is moved onto the new bridge.
The bridge will open in a series: First taking traffic from Ontario and E. 9th and then westbound traffic will be directed the bridge and then finally eastbound traffic.
When eastbound traffic is moved to the bridge in late November there will be another series of changes.
The W. 14th St. ramp to I-90 EB from Tremont will close, drivers can use Abbey Avenue to the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge.
The Broadway Avenue exit ramp from I-90 EB to Broadway will remain closed permanently. Drivers can access Broadway from I-490 EB.
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