The Ohio Department of Transportation is closing another ramp as part of its upcoming repair work on the East Avenue bridge over Interstate 76-77 in Akron.

The Vernon Odom Boulevard ramp onto the eastbound lanes of the highway will be closed through mid-March starting at 8 p.m. Monday.

ODOT is reducing the highway to one lane eastbound under the bridge for more than a month to make repairs to the span, which was struck and damaged by a bulldozer in December. Contractors will fix steel beams that were bent.

Traffic is expected to bottleneck on the highway at the bridge, where I-76 and I-77 merge and diverge on the west side of the city.

The Vernon Odom ramp is being closed to limit the number of vehicles entering the highway there and being forced to merge into a single lane, ODOT spokesman Brent Kovacs said.

The detour will involve Superior Avenue, Russell Avenue and East Avenue.

In addition to the Vernon Odom ramp and eastbound lane reduction, the ramps from I-76 eastbound to the Kenmore leg of the highway and from the Kenmore leg to I-76-77 eastbound will be closed. The detour will involve Interstate 277/U.S. Route 224 and I-77 on the southeast side of the city.

ODOT also is warning that the eastbound lanes of I-76-77 will be closed completely under the bridge from 10 p.m. Feb. 5 until 6 a.m. Feb. 6 for the work. The detour will involve I-76 westbound to I-277/Route 224 eastbound.

The westbound lanes of the highway also will see nightly lane closures under East Avenue from Feb. 11 to Feb. 15. The closures will occur between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

 

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