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ODOT reconsidering closure of I-90 ramps
Ramps near Carnegie and Prospect were slated for removal in 2028
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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The ramps would have been replaced with service roads leading to existing, adjacent exits.
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The Ohio Department of Transportation is reconsidering its decision to shut down two highway ramps in downtown Cleveland. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports that ODOT and local businesses announced Friday, they’ve agreed to do a new study on the impact of closing the ramps onto I-90.
ODOT has been concerned about drivers weaving toward the I-90 innerbelt ramps on Carnegie and Prospect Avenues just south of Cleveland State.  So the agency wanted to remove the ramps, and put in service roads to shift traffic to other exits.

Local businesses argued the plan would detour motorists away from the midtown health and technology corridor. Now, both parties have agreed to a year-long study of three options by Cleveland-based D.B. Hartt.  One is making no changes.  Two is ODOT’s original plan.  And three could be something else entirely based on the study's findings.

The proposed ramp consolidation is part of a multi-phase innerbelt modernization project.  The Carnegie and Prospect phase would begin in 16 years.
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