CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -Interstate 77 near downtown Cleveland will be shutdown beginning Friday, March 29 at 8 p.m. and remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday, April 1.
The shutdown of the north and south bound lanes of I-77 is between Interstate 490 and Interstate 480.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is closing the major highway so that it can demolish the Harvard Avenue bridge that crosses over I-77.
“This is project is for the complete replacement of the Harvard Avenue bridge,” according to Brent Kovacs, a public information officer for ODOT. “All of the old bridge will be removed and a new bridge will be built in the same spot. This bridge is being replaced due to its age. It was built in 1948 and it’s just time for it be replaced.”
The detour for the weekend will rely heavily on the Jennings Freeway, State Route 176, I-490 and I-480 which means those roads will see extra traffic.
“Any time we close a road there will be extra traffic on the detour route. We ask all motorist to plan accordingly next weekend, give themselves extra time to reach their destination,” Kovacs said.
According to ODOT the replacement of the bridge will force the closure of I-77 at least two more times before it’s completed in October of this year.
Total cost of the project is expected to be around $6 million.