The Hudson Street Bridge over Interstate 71 was in bad shape. It needed to be replaced. Unfortunately for Crew SC fans, the Ohio Department of Transportation scheduled it from August through October. That means one less way to get into MAPFRE Stadium (and longer lines getting in and out).
This will affect the following games:
- August 19th - New York City FC
- August 22nd - Sporting Kansas City
- September 6th - FC Dallas
- September 26th - Portland Timbers
It may also affect the game on October 25th against D.C. United if construction proceeds slower than expected.
MAPFRE Stadium officials and ODOT suggest using the 17th Avenue Exit (Exit 111) as a detour for all traffic from north and south on I-71 as there will be work done on the interchanges throughout the project. Yes, that's funnelling additional traffic through 17th Avenue... allow extra time.