The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to pull the 'ole switcharoo this weekend on Interstate 76-77 in Akron.

The eastbound lanes, which have been snaking over to the westbound side of the highway during ongoing construction, will be shifted back to the eastbound side starting Saturday morning.

The traffic pattern change is weather dependent.

Meanwhile, the westbound lanes will be shifted to the eastbound side of the highway as soon as signage is in place and other work completed, likely within a couple of weeks, ODOT spokesman Justin Chesnic said.

Several other changes also are planned for Saturday:

• The South Main Street entrance ramp to I-76-77 eastbound will reopen.

• The ramp from I-76-77 eastbound to I-77 southbound will reopen.

• The ramp from Grant Street to I-76-77 eastbound will close permanently.

The northbound I-77 exit ramp onto westbound I-76-77 at the Central Interchange will reopen in December.

The southbound state Route 8 ramp to westbound I-76-77 at the Central Interchange will remain closed until late next year, though. ODOT wants to limit the number of vehicles traveling in the construction area.

The work is part of an $84 million project to reconstruct the highway interchange with South Main and South Broadway. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by July 2020.


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