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Interstate 76/Interstate77/SR 8 Akron Beltway Improvements

Project Status

  1. Proposed

  2. In Development

  3. Pre-construction

  4. Construction

  5. Completion

About the project

In 2021, the Ohio Department of Transportation began a $160 million project to make substantial improvements around the Akron Beltway. The project includes pavement replacement and addition of lanes on I-77 between U.S. 224 and State Route 8, pavement replacement on I-76/I-77 from Princeton Ave. to the I-77/State Route 261 interchange and pavement replacement on I-76, I-77 and State Route 8 at the Central Interchange. The project also includes resurfacing of State Route 8 and the addition of a southbound lane on State Route 8 between Carroll St. and Beacon St. and the re-alignment of left hand turn ramps (I-76 westbound to I-77 southbound and I-76 eastbound to State Route 8 northbound) to improve turn radius. 


Fall 2022 - Fall 2024


Beginning on Tuesday, December 14, at 8:00 p.m., the following ramps will be CLOSED through late Fall 2024:

  • I-76/U.S. 224 eastbound to I-76/Kenmore Leg northbound.
    • The detour will be I-76 eastbound to SR 21 northbound.
  • I-76/Kenmore Leg northbound to I-76 eastbound/I-77 southbound.
    • The detour will be I-77 northbound to Copley Rd. to I-77 southbound.
  • I-76 eastbound to I-77 southbound.
    • The detour will be I-76/Kenmore Leg southbound to I-277/U.S. 224 eastbound to I-77.
  • East Ave. to I-76 eastbound.
    • The detour will be Morse St. to Hawkins Ave. to V. Odom Blvd.

Progress Pictures: Fall 2021 

Progress Pictures Fall 2022


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All comments received, regardless of when or how they are submitted, will be reviewed and considered and/or responded to by the ODOT project team. Comments received through this forum will, when appropriate, be publicly posted along with ODOT’s response; Such comments will be moderated to remove personal information prior to posting.

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