After brief delay, city of Akron to begin massive bridge removal project

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Map courtesy of ODOT

Map courtesy of ODOT

Map courtesy of ODOT

AKRON–After a brief delay in the project, drivers in Akron are in for a traffic-induced headache beginning this week. The Ohio Department of Transportation will officially begin a massive bridge removal and reconstruction in the area of that city’s central interchange.

The following changes begin Tuesday and last until further notice:

  • I-76 between Grant St. and Inman St. will be reduced to two lanes in each direction.
  • The ramp from I-77 northbound to I-76 westbound will be closed. The detour will be I-277 westbound to I-76/Kenmore Leg eastbound.
  • The ramp from SR 8 southbound to I-77 northbound/I-76 westbound will be closed.
  • The detour will be SR 59 southbound to I-77 northbound/I-76 westbound.

On Wednesday morning, August 10, the ramp from I-76 eastbound to I-77 southbound will be CLOSED through late November for bridge removal. The detour will be I-76/Kenmore Leg westbound to I-277 eastbound to I-77 southbound.

This work is part of a $15.6 million project to remove three bridge on I-76/I-77 over Johnston St. The project also includes the relocation of Johnston St. between Spicer St. and Brown St. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by late July 2017.

ODOT reports that this work is part of a $15.6 million project to remove three bridge on I-76/I-77 over Johnston Street. The project also includes the relocation of Johnston St. between Spicer and Brown Streets.