CLEVELAND -- Big Innerbelt changes began overnight Thursday, and the traffic impact quickly became evident during the Friday morning commute.
"We're going to start this work a day early, and the expected rain is part of the reason. Some of the work that we have to do is weather sensitive," said Jocelynn Clemings, ODOT spokesperson.
The ramp from the Jennings Freeway to I-71 North closed, which could cause a headache for some drivers.
"For Friday morning's rush hour, you want to be sure to use I-490 to 77. Same thing for people coming in on I-71," said Clemings.
I-71 northbound was restricted to one last past I-76 and the left lane of the Innerbelt Bridge was blocked on I-90.
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More changes begin overnight Friday, when I-90 East will close between I-490 and I-77, from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m Saturday morning.
"For those folks coming in from the West Side, like Rocky River and Lakewood, you want to opt for the alternate route, because I-90 will go down to 2 lanes. Go I-490 to
I-77 as an alternate," said Clemings.
Drivers around Cleveland were surprised to hear about the early change.
"I'm not happy about it. Coming down here for all the Browns games, it's just going to be a traffic disaster down here," said Brian Flash, a driver.
"It's an investment in the city and how it will grow," said Nicole Penmer, a driver.
It's going to stay that way until the second Innerbelt Bridge is built in 2016.