CLEVELAND: Drivers who commute to Cleveland or those who visit for sporting or cultural events might want to allow a few more minutes over the next 60 days.
According to state officials, the Ohio Department of Transportation will be shutting down the East Ninth Street ramp to the Innerbelt Bridge on Monday morning.
Crews will build a ramp to the new Innerbelt Bridge.
With this closing and the already closed entrance ramp at Ontario Street, commuters taking Interstate 77 south toward Akron are likely to experience additional slowing of traffic.
An estimated 1,500 motorists a day, who ordinarily would take the bridge, will be diverted to I-77 south and I-490 west to get to I-71 south and I-90 west.
The bridge, the most expensive in the history of the Ohio Department of Transportation, cost an estimated $293 million to build, according to state figures. The new ramp is expected to be open Nov. 16.
For more detailed information, drivers are advised to go the ODOT web page, www.dot.state.oh.us/.