Central Interchange Ramp Closings Delayed, Nightly Lane Closures Set to Begin on I-271

Akron motorists got a temporary reprieve this week when the Ohio Department of Transportation post-poned closure of some ramps in the central interchange.

ODOT 2Meanwhile, ODOT also began this week a rebuild of Interstate 271 in southern Cuyahoga County that will involve nightly lane closures.

The shutdowns in Akron’s central interchange involved the ramps from Ohio Route 8 southbound to I-76 westbound and from I-77 northbound to I-76 westbound.

In both cases, the ramps were closing due to a bridge removal project that is slated to last four months. ODOT did not say when the ramps will actually close.

The I-271 work is part of a project to replace pavement, add additional traffic lanes and reconstruct bridges.

The work zone extends from the Cuyahoga-Summit County line to Miles Road.

The nightly lane closures are to begin the week of Aug. 8. During that time, the speed limit will drop to 50 mph.

The speed limit will revert to the top speed of 60 mph during daytime hours when all lanes are open and construction workers are not present.

During the four-year project, I-271 will be expanded to three lanes between Miles and Columbus Roads and to five lanes between Columbus Road and the I-480/I-271 split.

Six bridges will be widened, two new bridges will be built and noise walls will be erected along the highway.

The I-271 widening overlaps a similar project underway on the highway in northern Summit County that is expected to be finished this fall.

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