I-90 will be closed tonight to demolish the Pond Road Bridge after an inspection by PennDOT revealed the bridge was unsafe. At 10pm tonight, the interstate will shut down.
According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, 21,000 vehicles use I-90 daily, so moving all that traffic onto state highways and local roads is bound to be a challenge.
The decision to temporarily close the portion of I-90 for 72 hours in both directions came about a week ago, leaving many residents, like Andre Johnson, of Conneaut frustrated.
“As far as the traffic being rerouted through town, it’s horrible ’cause we got kids that go to school down there less than a mile away and, like, traffic for a whole state; two states, is gonna be rerouted through there. That’s just horrendous. They need a better plan for this; better coordination especially.”
PennDOT has classified the Pond Road Bridge as being structurally deficient; the damage caused by a vehicle striking the bridge.
PennDOT will be closing both eastbound and westbound lanes of I-90 at Exit 3 route 6N to Ohio Exit 241, Route 7 while repairs to the bridge are underway.
First Energy Employee Gary Weir says, “I think it’s really gonna back things up along these state routes, I do. There’s a couple different options like going north or you can go south and stay on state routes but yeah, it will be quite a lot of action for the town here.”
A detour is in place using Route 6N, Route 20, and Route 7.
Work on the bridge is expected to continue through Thursday, April 5th. A lane restriction is in effect until the closure tonight.
Everyone taking that route tonight or tomorrow should give themselves extra time to prepare for the anticipated traffic.