Akron Central Interchange closures rescheduled after sign confusion

Posted at 12:44 PM, Aug 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-08 14:37:27-04

After confusion with traffic signs that delayed construction last week, Akron's traffic project will begin on Tuesday at 6 a.m. From that point, until further notice, there will be lane restrictions and ramp closures along Interstate 76. 

The Ohio Department of Transportation announced a list of changes on Monday. 

The changes are as follows:

  • 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 I-77 southbound to I-277 westbound to I-76 / Kenmore Leg eastbound.

More changes will be put in place on Wednesday, August 10 at 6 a.m.: 

  • The ramp from 1-76 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. 

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The work will be a part of a $15.6 million project to remove the bridge on I-76 / I-77 over Johnson Street. The project also includes the relocation of Johnson St. between Spicer St. and Brown St. 

The entire project is scheduled to be completed by late July 2017.