Innerbelt bridge opens: What that means for your commute

Many of the closures and detours remain the same

CLEVELAND - The new Innerbelt bridge is open to traffic in both directions, but many of the closures and detours remain the same.

With the completion of the first Innerbelt bridge, all traffic is now using the five lanes across the span. There are two lanes in both directions, the lanes are narrower than the old bridge, each stretching about 11 feet instead of the normal 12 feet.

In 2016, when the second new Innerbelt bridge is complete, there will be five lanes in each direction, until then traffic will be squeezed across the one span.

Exit ramp closures that drivers have gotten used to remain in effect, including the exit ramps to Ontario, E. 22nd and Carnegie. Those ramps will be closed until the second span is complete in 2016. Drivers can use I-77 and I-490 to access those downtown exits.

I-71 NB continues to carry one lane of traffic from Jennings to the Innerbelt, and the ramp to the Innerbelt is closed from Jennings Freeway.

The Broadway Ave exit ramp from I-90 eastbound is permanently closed, and that ramp will be rebuilt as part of the new E. 9 th St exit ramp.  

There is no access to I-77 or I-90 from the E.14 th St ramp and the  E. 21 st ramp to I-77 southbound is also closed.

In Tremont, the entrance ramp from W. 14 th St to I-90 eastbound is closed, and drivers will need to use the Lorain Carnegie bridge to downtown, or the W. 7 th ramp to I-490.

Most of these closures will be apart of the general traffic flow until the opening bridge in 2016.

Until then, commuters will be using the new bridge,and ODOT is now in the process of demolishing the old one.

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