A major route from Akron to Barberton and points west — Interstate 76 W between Interstate 77 and Interstate 277, a stretch of highway known as the southbound lanes of the Kenmore leg — will be closed between July 15 and continuing through mid-September.

And about mid-September, the Ohio Department of Transportation will close the northbound lanes of Kenmore Leg for another roughly 45 days.

The closing is so bridge repairs can be made.

The work is part of a $25.5 million project — scheduled to be completed in 2022 — that includes widening a less than half-mile stretch of I-76 from Central Avenue in Barberton to just west of the Kenmore Leg's southern end.

Also part of the project is permanently closing the I-76 ramps at Wooster Road and installing a new interchange at State Street/Romig Road. Access roads will allow motorists exiting the highway at State Street to easily get to Wooster Road, ODOT's District 4 spokesman Justin Chesnic said.

Three ramps will be closed beginning July 15 and continuing through mid-September for the bridge work on the southbound side of the Kenmore Leg.

The ramp closures as well as detours (which will be posted) are:

• The ramp leading from I-77 S to I-76 W. The detour will be I-76 E to I-77 S to I-277 W.

• The ramp leading from I-76 W/I-77 N to I-76 W. The detour will be I-77 N to state Route 21 southbound to I-76.

• The ramp from 22nd Street SW in Akron’s Kenmore neighborhood to I-76 W. The detour will be Kenmore Boulevard to state Route 93 southbound, using the Manchester Road bypass, to Waterloo Road to Interstate 277. Drivers can also take Kenmore Boulevard to East Avenue to access I-76 W.

ODOT is nearly finished with a roughly three-year project to widen Interstate 76 from the Medina County line to Central Avenue in Barberton.