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Commuter Chaos: Innerbelt closures this weekend

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There are several events taking place downtown this weekend including the Indians game along with the Justin Bieber concert, and drivers will notice plenty of construction closures.

"We've been carefully planning closures," says Jocelynn Clemings with ODOT.

The Innerbelt Bridge westbound between I-77 and I-490 will be closed Friday night at 11 p.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday night. To get around it use I-77 south to I-490 west.

I-71 north is also closed between I-490 and the Innerbelt bridge tonight at 8 p.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday.

ODOT crews will be busy moving light poles and barrier walls to get things ready for the new Innerbelt bridge set to open in the fall.

"The work that we're actually starting tonight is some of the work that will help us get ready to open the new bridge," says Clemings.

Many drivers dealing with the commuter chaos are taking it in stride. "I try not to get on those major highways. I know it's a big inconvenience, but, I don't know what else you can do. Things have to be done. The city has to move forward," says Walter Jorgensen.

Noelle Ostrowski says you have to put it all in perspective. "Take a deep breath, tomorrows going to come and you know what, let's just band together and get through it," says Ostrowski.

Another option to the closures is to use W. 25th through Ohio City or the Shoreway.

ODOT says the closures shouldn't affect the game or concert.

Release from ODOT on Regional Interstate Impacts:

· Friday night, July 12, the left lane of I-90 west will be closed immediately after the Innerbelt Bridge from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

· I-71 north will be closed between I-490 and the Innerbelt Bridge from 8 p.m. Friday, July 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 13. Opt for the Alternate! Use I-490 east to I-77 north. I-90 east and the W 14th Street ramp from Tremont toward downtown will remain open.

· I-90/Innerbelt Bridge westbound will be closed between I-77 and I-490 from 11 p.m. Friday, July 12 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 13. Opt for the Alternate! Use I-77 south to I-490 west.

Downtown/Gateway District Impacts:

· Weeknights Monday, July 15 through Thursday, July 19, Canal Road will be closed under I-90 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. the following morning. Motorists will be able to access Canal Road from either end throughout this time. For details and detours click here.

· Canal Road will be closed under I-90 overnight from Friday, July 12 at 8 p.m. until Saturday, July 13 at 5 p.m. Motorists will be able to access Canal Road from either end throughout this time. For details and detours click here. Work will be coordinated to minimize disruption to downtown events.

· The right lane in both directions of Ontario Street will be closed under I-90 from Friday, July 12 to Friday, July 26.

Tremont Impacts:

· Monday to Friday, July 15 to July 20, Starkweather Avenue will be closed to traffic. Use Fairfield Avenue or Kenilworth Avenue.

Ontario & E 9th Street Resurfacing:

For info about the Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works' resurfacing project visit http://publicworks.cuyahogacounty.us.

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