Traffic Alert: Ontario Street On-Ramp Closes

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CLEVELAND -- Some big-time road construction projects in the area could drive you a little crazy -- if you are not prepared.

Specifically, the Ontario Avenue on-ramp in downtown Cleveland.

The westbound I-90 on-ramp, right across from Progressive Field, was expected to close about 11 p.m. Wednesday night, after the crowd from the Indians game cleared out.

The on-ramp will remain closed for about a year so workers can build the westbound Innerbelt Bridge, set to open in fall of next year.

The East 9th and 14th Street ramps that have been closed for about a year reopen Thursday morning.

Across town in Mayfield Heights, there's been temporary travel trouble on I-271 at Mayfield Road.

Amanda Lee from the Ohio Department of Transportation said workers will close all southbound lanes overnight Wednesday, detouring drivers off the freeway, then right back on.

The northbound side will be down to two lanes overnight, Lee said.

"The reason for that is we're going to be doing some pavement repairs in that area. The detour, very simple," Lee said.

In comparison to what's going on downtown, this is no biggie.

If you do drive downtown be aware of the traffic changes near I-90.

The City of Cleveland suggests people leave a bit early, cooperate with traffic controllers who are directing people to the fastest route available, and look for signs that will show you the way.

The Ohio Department of Transportation suggests several alternate routes to access I-90 west, including continuing on Ontario to Broadway, then taking 490 west to I-90 west.

ODOT says that another alternative route is Orange Avenue. Drivers can take Orange Avenue to I-77 south, then to 490 west to I-90.

*For more information on detours, click HERE.

-- FOX8.com reporter Dan Jovic contributed to this report.