I-76 86'ed: Traffic alert for those driving through Akron

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AKRON, OH (WOIO) – Get ready for the orange barrels! Starting Tuesday, I-76 is going through a major overhaul.

The area to be concerned about is the Kenmore leg of I-76, which technically runs north and south.

It's the span of I-76 west of downtown Akron that requires drivers in both directions to exit the highway if they want to stay on I-76.

The stretch also connects with I-77 and 277, and U.S. 224.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is shutting down the eastbound lanes through 10am on Friday.

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Westbound lanes will be closed from August 31st to September 3rd.

The closure will affect about 127-thousand vehicles daily.

O-DOT recommends motorists use route 224/I-277 and I-77 south of the central interchange as a detour.

The work is part of a larger project to repair several bridges on I-76. The project is expected to be done in mid-October.

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