The final phase of a long-planned infrastructure project designed to spur significant economic benefits on Cleveland’s near east side will be ramping up in a big way this spring. Section 3 of the Opportunity Corridor – a new three-mile-long boulevard that will connect several historic neighborhoods to the regional interstate system – will commence in March and is expected to be open to traffic by the end of 2021.
The most intensive and disruptive work will take place at the western end of the project. Beginning on May 29, crews will close Interstate 490 between E. 55th Street and Interstate 77 for two years in order to complete major excavation, bridge, and utility work. North and south traffic will be maintained along E. 55th during the construction. Detours around this closure and additional information can be found at the Ohio Department of Transportation’s website by clicking here.
When completed in May of 2021, this stretch of I-490 will be lowered nearly 25 feet to pass underneath E. 55th Street while transitioning to the 35-mph boulevard. A short connector roadway will provide full access between E. 55th Street and the Corridor.
In total, Section 3 will construct 1.8 miles of new roadway, four new bridges, two new pedestrian bridges, six signalized intersections, new water mains, new major sanitary and storm sewers, sidewalks and a shared-use path.
When completed, the Opportunity Corridor will serve as a catalyst for job creation and community
investment by providing enhanced access to key employment centers and creating the foundation for the redevelopment of several hundred acres of underutilized land.