Main Avenue Bridge Undergoes Major Repairs

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CLEVELAND -- Work crews with The Ohio Department of Transportation were hard at work putting up new traffic signs at different intersections near the Main Avenue Bridge Wednesday.

The new signs notify buses and large trucks they are no longer allowed on the bridge while it undergoes repairs. ODOT says removing heavy truck and bus traffic will allow smaller vehicles to continue to use the bridge during the repairs.

Fox 8 spoke to residents who say they are concerned big trucks are being re-routed to local streets and into their neighborhoods.

"People are going to have to pay more attention, because those trucks have those type of brakes that you got to take a few minutes to stop, so it's going to be kind of hectic," says Ohio City resident Cuyahoga Eutsey.

Another resident agrees.

"Coming through here it's already tight corners, it's very tight over here so big trucks coming through here is not safe for us or our kids,” says Christina Burton.

Greater Cleveland RTA made some changes to bus routes and has notified riders about them via Twitter and website, www.RideRTA.com.

Bridge repairs will not begin for several more weeks. Restrictions to bus and truck travel is expected to be in place through the winter months.

Repairs are also being made to the Center Street Swing Bridge in the Flats. The bridge will be undergoing electrical upgrades July 19 - 20th, and will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

The detour route for northbound traffic will be south on Columbus Road, west onto Abbey Avenue, west onto Lorain Avenue, north onto West 25th Street and east onto Main Avenue. The route is reversed for southbound motorists.

Click on the links below for information on ODOT's Innerbelt Project:

Innerbelt Project Moved Up to 2016

ODOT Offers Tours of Innerbelt Bridge Project