Traffic Alert: Several routes in downtown Cleveland closed this weekend

Those wishing to enter or exit the City of Cleveland will be ready to jerk the wheel this weekend with construction blocking off several main routes.

The major projects underway include the closing of the E.9th Street Bridge down by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and of course, the I-90 Innerbelt Bridge.

Friday at 7 p.m., the East 9th Street Bridge closed to through traffic between Lakeside Avenue and the Shoreway (SR 2) access ramp until till 5 a.m. Monday, July 18th. The bridge repairs include expansion joint replacement and concrete waterproofing.

Detour Routes for the E. 9th Street Bridge include using Erieside Avenue, West 3rd Street, and Lakeside Avenue. Access to all parking garages along East 9th Street will be maintained. Additional traffic advisories will be issued if weather is unfavorable.

This is the first of 6 bridges across the City that are part of the Bridge Deck Sealing; Joint Repair Project; with a scope of work that includes repairing or replacing of joints, sealing and bridge deck patching.

The other bridges are located at West 85th Street, West 44th Street, East 55th Street, Fulton Road and Quincy Avenue.

The East 9th Street Bridge phase is scheduled for completion by August 2011.

Innerbelt Bridge construction continues to be an issue for those on the weekend as well.

Overnight Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th crews will close the ramp from I-90 westbound to I-77 southbound from 12 a.m. until 4 a.m. each night as crews demolish portions of the overhead bridges above the ramp.

During ramp closures, motorists will be detoured via I-90 WB to I-71 SB to SR 176 SB to I-480 EB and back to I-77 SB. Additional nightly ramp closures are expected, details will be forthcoming.

But that's not all, Innerbelt Bridge construction will also have E 14th Street and E 9th Street under I-90 closed through Monday morning to demolish portions of the overhead bridges. Motorists may detour via Carnegie to Ontario.

Allow yourself extra time to get around Cleveland this weekend!

Click here for a look at Cleveland's current construction map.

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