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Drivers ignoring road closure signs on highways, causing delays during morning commute

Closed downed street in Cleveland during the Proclamation of Civil Emergency.
Posted at 6:25 AM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 12:12:41-04

CLEVLEAND — After the city of Cleveland announced that the Proclamation of Civil Emergency and curfew enacted in the downtown and the central business area of the city has been extended until June 2, law enforcement and the Ohio National Guard placed barriers blocking traffic into the city overnight.

AirTracker 5 monitored the Monday morning commute. Watch it live in the Facebook video below:

8:15 AM

8:07 AM
Traffic is pretty hectic everywhere this morning. This is W. 20th and Lorain where eastbound traffic on the Lorain Carnegie bridge is closed due to the city’s curfew. To get into downtown you must have proper ID. Some say they work in the city but are unable to get through. If you can, stay home.

7:30 AM

7:15 AM

The Ohio Department of Transportation said per the City of Cleveland, the following ramps are closed:

  • I-90 westbound between East 55th Street to West 14th Street
  • I-90 westbound between West 25th Street and Lakeside Avenue.

Authorities are asking drivers to respect the barricades.

6:50 AM
Officers of the Cleveland Police Department directed traffic at East 30th Street and Chester.

6:45 AM
A three-car crash on I-77 northbound near the Woodland Avenue exit is also adding to the traffic backup.

6:15 AM
There are several highway exit ramps that are closed Monday morning, restricting access to downtown, but drivers were caught ignoring the signs at the Chester Avenue exit on I-90 eastbound.

The I-77 northbound ramp to get onto I-90 eastbound is backed up to East 30th Street.

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I-77 northbound and I-90 ramp.

Overnight concrete barriers were placed on West 25th Street to block traffic between Detroit Road and Lorain Avenue. Law enforcement also placed barriers to close off the Detroit Superior Bridge.

The National Guard is stationed at West 25th Street and Detroit and West 25th Street and Lorain Avenue.

ODOT sign
ODOT sign.

News 5 photojournalist Mike Vielhaber drove through Cleveland to show the various exit ramps around downtown that were closed to traffic.

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