A $161 Million dollar highway construction project that will close ramps, tear up lanes, and require detours on I-76/77, and Route 8 in the Akron area for months, gets underway tonight, Friday June 4. It was supposed to start last night, but got delayed by rain.
Phase One of the Akron Beltway project includes a series of ramp closures at the northern and southern end of I-76/Kenmore Leg, which will be closed for roughly 75 days as work begins to reconstruct pavement on I-76/I-77 between East Ave. to just north of V. Odom Blvd. The detours for this phase will include using I-76/I-77/I-277 through the Central Interchange and using State Route 21 and I-76 as an alternative route.
The second phase of construction will begin in late August and will include the complete 75-day closure of I-76/I-77 at the northern end of the Kenmore Leg. During this phase, I-76/Kenmore Leg will be used as a primary detour route.
Ohio Department of Transportation District 4 Deputy Director, Gery Noirot, says the project will "dramatically improve pavement and safety conditions, and provide a much smoother ride for motorists."
The project, which is the largest in District 4 history, also includes the reconstruction of I-76 between East Ave. to Princeton St., I-77 from SR 8 to Waterloo Rd., the resurfacing of State Route 8 just north of I-77/I-76, the addition of a southbound lane on State Route 8 between Carroll St. and Beacon St. and the reconstruction of the left hand ramps on I-76 (I-76 west to I-77 south and I-76 east to State Route 8 north).
Work to occur between late 2021 and 2024 will include the reconstruction of I-77 between Waterloo Rd. and the Central Interchange and on I-76 between Princeton Ave. and East Ave. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in July 2025.
The contractor for this project is the Ruhlin/Shelly and Sands Akron Beltway Joint Venture.