CLEVELAND - It's orange barrel season in northeast Ohio, and on Tuesday, overnight construction lead to massive delays as commuters made their way downtown.
Crews had the two left lanes on I90 East at Ontario blocked off. Those lane closures led to back ups on I71 to Linndale, I77 to the 480 split, I76 down to 480 and I90 East all the way to West 117th.
In a statement to Fox 8, ODOT spokesperson Amanda McFarland cited this as the reason for the huge delays:
ODOT requires work to be completed within specific timeframes to reduce impacts to the travelling public. Last evening Burton Scot, the contractor performing resurfacing work on I-90 east and westbound between I-77 and SR 2, failed to comply with the requirement of having all lanes opened by 6 a.m. We’re frustrated by the fact that the contractor did not complete their work within the required timeframe and caused unnecessary delays for commuters this morning. We will be assessing penalties and taking steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Fox 8's Patty Harken had some advice for commuters who were yet to head out:
Shortly before 7:30 a.m. crews began removing some of the cones, which Patty says should lead to some relief on I90 and 77N.