I-76/I-77/SR 8 Akron Beltway Improvements
About the project
Beginning in the summer of 2021, the Ohio Department of Transportation will begin work on a $160 million project to make substantial improvements around the Akron Beltway. The project will include pavement replacement and addition of lanes on I-77 between Waterloo Rd.. and Lovers Lane, 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.
November 2021 - Late Fall 2022
Thursday Morning, November 18
- I-77 southbound at the I-76/Kenmore Leg will re-open.
Monday Morning, November 22
The follow lane restrictions and ramp closures will occur through late fall 2022:
- I-77 northbound between I-277/ U.S. 244 and SR 8 will be reduced to two lanes.
- The ramp from I-277/U.S. 224 west to I-77 north will be closed.
- The detour will be I-277 west to I-76/Kenmore Leg.
- The ramp from I-277/U.S. 224 east to I-77 north will be closed.
- The detour will be I-76/Kenmore Leg.
The following I-77 on ramps will be closed:
- Waterloo Rd. to I-77 north.
- SR 764/Wilbeth Rd. to I-77 north.
- Archwood Ave. to I-77 north
The detour for these closures will be Main St. and Arlington Rd. to I-76 or I-277
Tuesday Morning, November 23
- I-77 northbound at the I-76/Kenmore Leg will re-open.
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