Friday, 25 January 2019 11:13

UPDATE: East Ave. Bridge Repair Delayed

The Ohio Department of Transportation announced Friday that the recently scheduled repair work on the East Avenue Bridge has been delayed due to weather as temperatures are expected to hit single digits, not factoring in windchill. 

Brent Kovacs with ODOT District 4 tells the WAKR Newsroom that all of the scheduled work needs to be started and completed at the same time, so even if there were a window to get a portion of the repairs underway, they couldn't. 

Below is the updated schedule and affected traffic patterns for the scheduled work:  

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(ODOT) Beginning on Monday evening, January 28, at 8 p.m. the following lane restrictions and ramp closures will be in place through mid-March for repairs to the East Ave. bridges over I-76:

  • I-76 eastbound under east Ave. will be reduced to ONE lane.
  • The ramp from I-76 eastbound to I-76 eastbound/Kenmore Leg will be CLOSED. The detour will be I-277 eastbound to I-77 northbound to I-76 westbound.
  • The ramp from I-76 eastbound/Kenmore Leg to I-76 eastbound will be CLOSED. The detour will be I-277 eastbound to I-77 northbound.

(Tuesday, January 29 – Wednesday, January 30)

Beginning on Tuesday evening, January 29, at 10 p.m. I-76 eastbound under the East Ave. bridge will be CLOSED through Wednesday morning, January 30, at 6 a.m. for bridge repairs. The detour will be I-76 westbound/Kenmore Leg to I-277 eastbound to I-77 northbound.

(Monday, February 4 – Friday, February 8)

Beginning on Monday evening, February 4, at 8 p.m. and continuing through Friday morning, February 8, at 6 a.m. I-76 westbound under East Ave. will have various nightly lane closures for bridge repairs. These restrictions will occur nightly between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

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Just 11 days after a tractor trailer carrying a large bulldozer slammed into the East Avenue closing I-76 for more than 12 hours, a piece of debris fell from the bridge, slamming into a man's windshield.
 
Len Brown tells Channel 19 News out of Cleveland that on Friday he was driving along 76 when the chunk of concrete smashed his windshield. He thought it was an explosion that went off in his car.
 
ODOT tells the WAKR Newsroom that a safety inspector told them the bridge was safe just a couple of days after the tractor trailer accident December 3rd, but that the concrete likely fell because of that accident.
 
Another inspection has been conducted since Friday's incident, and ODOT says the bridge is safe for travel, both on and under. That said, ODOT says that repairs are scheduled for the bridge within the next few months. 
 
Brown, meanwhile, says he's filing a claim with the state to help pay for the damage to his car.
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A semi-trailer that was hauling a bulldozer along I-76 Eastbound hit the East Avenue Bridge before 6:30 Monday morning, causing major backups during the rush hour commute. 

See the full release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol below:  

Akron, Ohio – On December 3, 2018 at approximately 6:21 AM, The Akron Post of The Ohio State Highway Patrol was requested by the Akron Police Department to assist with a two vehicle non injury crash that occurred at 06:21 AM and has closed Interstate 76 eastbound at the East Avenue Bridge.

The drivers’ names of the vehicles are unknown at this time. The vehicles involved are a semi-truck and trailer hauling a bulldozer which struck the East Avenue Bridge causing the bulldozer to come off of the trailer. A passenger car then struck the bulldozer

 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Akron Police Department, Akron Fire Department and The Ohio Department of Transportation are on scene.

Interstate 76 eastbound at the East Avenue bridge (mile Marker 20) will remained closed for an unknown amount of time. The detour set is 76 eastbound Kenmore leg to IR 277 eastbound to IR 77. Please check OHGO.com for the latest traffic updates

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