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UPDATE: 8:03 a.m.
Akron Police and the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office is investigating the death of a 65-year-old man is dead following a one-car crash.
Craig Popian was traveling along I-77 Southbound at Vernon Odom Boulevard when he went off the road, hit a guardrail, then sailed across the southbound lanes and crashed into the wall.
He was pronounced dead at the scene around 1:28 a.m.
A man is dead following a one-car crash on I-77 South at Vernon Odom Boulevard early this morning.
Akron Police say the man may have had a medical issue prior to the crash. The identity of the man has not yet been released.
Police said just after 1 a.m Friday morning, the man went off the right side of the freeway before striking a guardrail on the entrance ramp from Vernon Odom Boulevard. The car went across all lanes of the freeway before hitting the wall in the left lane of I-77 South.
No other cars were involved in the crash according to police.
The left two lanes of I-77 south are closed due to reconstruction from the accident.
More information will come as soon as it's available.
Drivers will start to notice a few more orange barrels on the roadways as the construction season kicks off.
The Ohio Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that construction crews will be working on over 90 projects in District 4 worth a total of $341 million across six counties including Ashtabula, Mahoning, Portage, Stark, Summit and Trumball counties.
Brent Kovacs, spokesman for ODOT District 4, said drivers should be prepared for the closure of I-277 eastbound for about 28 days between the Kenmore Leg and I-77 later this month.
“The main reason we are doing this is to expedite construction and give the contractor full access to the roadway, so they can get the work done in the 28 day period,” said Kovacs.
ODOT plans to close the westbound lane of I-277 in June.
Construction projects for 2012 include:
- The reconstruction of I-277/I-76/US 224 in the city of Akron.
- The resurfacing of I-271 from state Route 8 to the Cuyahoga County line.
- Bridge re-decking of seven bridges along I-77 in northern Summit County
ODOT is also focusing on the importance of communicating with businesses along heavy construction sites to create “Business Friendly Construction.”
District 4 Deputy Director Anthony Urankar said ODOT has found a way to keep Ohio's economy moving forward during heavy construction periods.
“The businesses are important, but the key is for us to let them know what we are doing beforehand so they can make adjustments,” said Urankar.
ODOT partnered with the city of Green to keep communication alive during the heavy construction project along Arlington Road.
“Every business was guaranteed that their entrance would remain open. Every business was guaranteed that there would be lots of signage alerting the public that they were open,” said Green Mayor Dick Norton.
Norton said businesses and residents are able to track every step of the construction process with online updates on the city’s website.
ODOT plans to partner with more cities in the future to ensure that businesses are not severely impacted by large construction projects.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is planning a coming weekend full of bridge repairs in Akron. But, the work is dependent upon Mother Nature.
ODOT is planning to close I-76 eastbound/I-77 westbound between the Kenmore Leg and the Central Interchange starting at 9 pm Friday night June 24th until Monday morning June 27th at 5 am for bridge repairs.
ODOT had scheduled similar closures last Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but a weather forecast of a rainy weekend cancelled the construction work.
All closures are weather dependent.