I-77 north lane closure near downtown is permanent

I-77 north lane closure near downtown is permanent
I-77 traffic (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The drive from the southern suburbs this week has been a slow one up Intestate 77.

On Monday, drivers on I-77 northbound had a drive time of almost an hour from Independence to downtown.

The Ohio Department of Transportation put out an alert at 7:01 a.m. Monday that the left lane near East 9th Street was blocked with construction. The alert came in at 6:20 a.m. on Tuesday again and so did the slowdowns. The drive was not as bad as the day before, but far from desirable for commuters.

ODOT spokeswoman, Amanda McFarland, said the left lane will no longer be open near the I-90, East 14th Street and East 9th Street exits due to the opening of the Innerbelt Bridge to full working order.

ODOT officials said they are restoring I-77 north traffic lanes to the same condition they were before the Innerbelt Bridge was redone.

Officials said they expect it could take a few days for the traffic pattern to return to normal. They said they believe many drivers seem to be opting for the Innerbelt Bridge alternate by taking I-490 and I-77. Once those drivers return to the Innerbelt via the two-lane exit from I-90 eastbound, ODOT expects I-77 congestion to improve.

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