The original plans of the Cleveland and other city and federal highway authorities called for the highway – also known as the Clark Freeway and, at various times and in various sections, as Interstate 80N and Interstate 290 – to bisect the east side of the city and the eastern suburbs; the I-290 designation would then have continued north along I-271. I-71 was to have continued along the Innerbelt to Dead Man's Curve, while I-290 was to have used the portion of present I-90 westward to the Parma Freeway near West 65th Street.Freeway revolts in the late 1960s prevented the Clark Freeway east of East 55th Street and the Parma Freeway from being built; specifically, a referendum in Shaker Heights barred the city from allowing the Clark Freeway to pass through the city and its Shaker Lakes. The Interstate 490 designation was applied to the Clark Freeway's altered proposed path in 1973, but this alignment also was not built east of East 55th Street. Ultimately I-90 was realigned to follow the Innerbelt and the I-290 routing west of I-71, and the middle segment of the Clark Freeway opened in 1990.
There have been subsequent proposals to employ part of the I-290 routing. Among them have been plans rejected in 2002 and 2006. The current project as of 2015[update], part of the Innerbelt project, involves building an expressway to University Circle, named the "Opportunity Corridor". This iteration was conceived in 2008; its Record of Decision was issued in May 2014. Construction began in March 2015 along the portion east of East 93rd Street; construction along the remainder is to begin in 2017.
The Opportunity Corridor has a number of opponents, including a grassroots group, Clevelanders for Transportation Equity. Many of the objections are rooted in the upheaval of the local community, which is predominantly lower income and African-American.