Crews will begin preliminary operations for widening I-271 in southern Cuyahoga County this week.

The project involves a full-depth pavement replacement, widening and bridge work on I-271 north and southbound between the Cuyahoga/Summit county line and Miles Road in the cities of Bedford, Bedford Heights, Warrensville Heights and Oakwood Village.

The renovation was prompted by increased traffic on the highway, which was originally built in the early 1960s. With volume increased to over 120,000 vehicles per day, the Department of Transportation is looking to alleviate traffic and increase safety by expanding the road to three lanes north and southbound between Miles and Columbus Road and five lanes north and southbound between Columbus and the I-480/I-271 split near the Summit County line. The six existing bridges along this route will also be widened, along with other minor road improvements like lighting and signage.

The Department of Transportation is looking to complete the project with minimal disruptions to traffic. During the week of Aug. 1, crews will close shoulders at various locations, and overnight lane closures will begin during the week of Aug. 8. The estimated completion date for the project is June 2020.

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