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Weekend construction to impact drivers heading northbound into Cleveland

Drivers should allow for extra time and opt for detours with closures impacting I-71 and I-77 this weekend. (Source: ODOT) Drivers should allow for extra time and opt for detours with closures impacting I-71 and I-77 this weekend. (Source: ODOT)
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This weekend, crews on behalf of the Ohio Department of Transportation will close portions of both I-71 and I-77 approaching downtown Cleveland. Drivers from the south should use SR 176 northbound to I-490 eastbound to I-77 northbound to reach downtown. Both roadways will reopen to allow traffic during Sunday’s Browns game.

“We’re wrapping up many projects for the winter months,” said ODOT spokesperson Jocelynn Clemings. “There’s a tremendous amount of activity happening around the city and we’ve coordinated our work plan to be least impactful to those who visit downtown.”

Work on I-77 will help to return the roadway to its pre-construction configuration in the area just north of I-480. On I-71, crews will work to resurface the bridge that carries I-71 over the Jennings Freeway near the Metro Curve approaching the Innerbelt. Additional weekend closures will be necessary for both projects. 

What you need to know: 

On I-77 NB and SB: I-77 northbound and southbound will close between I-480 and SR 21 just north of I-480 beginning at 7 p.m. Friday. Drivers will be detoured via SR 176 and I-490.

All traffic leaving downtown Cleveland via I-77 southbound will be detoured via I-490 westbound to SR 176 southbound.

The northbound lanes will reopen by 11 a.m. Sunday. The southbound lanes will reopen by 4 p.m. to allow Browns fans to enter and leave downtown Cleveland.

The ramps from I-480 eastbound and westbound to I-77 northbound will also be closed during this time. When the lanes reopen, drivers should be alert for shifted traffic patterns. The ramp from I-480 eastbound to I-77 northbound, which has been closed since March, is also expected to reopen.

On I-71 NB: I-71 northbound will be closed at the Metro Curve starting at 7 p.m. Friday. Drivers will be detoured via I-490 eastbound to I-77 northbound to reach downtown and I-90. 

The roadway will reopen to one lane of northbound traffic for drivers heading into Cleveland for Sunday’s Browns game from 6 a.m. through 1 p.m. but will close again through 6 a.m. Monday. 

The southbound lanes of I-71 are not impacted by this work. 

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