The Ohio Department of Transportation is postponing the East Avenue bridge repairs in Akron for a week because of cold temperatures.

The work, originally slated to begin Monday, will start at 8 p.m. Feb. 4, the state agency said Friday. The repairs will have a significant impact on tens of thousands of motorists who use Interstate 76/77 in Akron each day.

ODOT will reduce the eastbound portion of the highway to one lane underneath the bridge and close the ramps from eastbound I-76 to the Kenmore leg of the interstate and from the Kenmore leg to I-76/77 eastbound for about 45 days during the repairs.

The eastbound section of the highway also will be closed completely at the bridge overnight from 10 p.m. Feb. 5 through 6 a.m. Feb. 6.

Meanwhile, the westbound lanes will see various lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Feb. 11 through Feb. 15.

The work involves fixing steel beams damaged when a bulldozer being hauled by a tractor-trailer struck the underside of the bridge in December. The bridge is located where Interstates 76 and 77 merge and diverge on the west side of Akron.

ODOT is encouraging motorists to use Interstate 277/U.S. Route 224 and Interstate 77 as a detour.