Akron Central Interchange Ramps Closed

Akron motorists are adjusting to the closure of some ramps at the central interchange despite some slow traffic during rush hours.

Ramps were closed last week to accommodate a central interchange construction project.

ODOT 2The ramps that have closed or have reduced traffic include:

  •  I-76 between Grant Street and Inman Street is reduced to two lanes in each direction.
  •  The ramp from I-77 northbound to I-76 westbound is closed.
  •  The ramp from Route 8 southbound to I-77 northbound/I-76 westbound is closed.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use I-277 and U.S. Route 224 as a detour route.

ODOT estimates that the closures will force many of the 100,000 motorists who regularly use the central interchange to take detour routes.

The ramp closures are part of a $15.6 million project to remove three bridges on I-76/I-77 over Johnston Street. The work is expected to be completed by late July 2017.

The closures were delayed for more than week, ODOT said, because it didn’t have enough signs in place before the ramps closed.

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