Traffic Advisory: 2016 Downtown Street Resurfacing Project

On Tuesday, May 31, the City of Cleveland will begin resurfacing work on a number of downtown area streets. Contractor work hours will occur between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm. No night work is anticipated. The 2016 Downtown Resurfacing Project is expected to be completed by early July. Details on the resurfacing project are as follows:

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Map of resurfacing projects

Huron Road (Ontario Street to Prospect Avenue) – Resurfacing work will begin on Tuesday May 31.  Two-way traffic will be maintained at all times. On-street parking will not be allowed during construction. Work is expected to complete by July 8, 2016.

East 4th Street (Huron Road to Prospect Avenue) – Resurfacing work will begin on Tuesday May 31. One way southbound traffic will be maintained at all times and northbound traffic will be detoured west onto Huron Road, north on Ontario Street, and then east on Prospect Avenue. On-street parking will not be allowed during construction. Work is expected to complete by July 8, 2016.

Bolivar Road (East 7th Street to East 9th Street) – Resurfacing work will begin on Thursday June 2.  Bolivar Road will be closed to through traffic and local access will be maintained for the parking garages.  On-street parking will not be allowed during construction. Work is expected to complete by June 30, 2016.

East 7th Street (Huron Road to Bolivar Road) – Resurfacing work will begin on Wednesday June 1. East 7th will be closed to through traffic and on street parking will not be allowed during construction. Work is expected to complete by June 24, 2016.

East 8th Place (Huron Road to Bolivar Road) – Resurfacing work will begin on Thursday June 2. East 8th Street will be closed to through traffic and on-street parking will not be permitted during construction.  Work is expected to complete by June 24, 2016.

East 9th Place (Huron Road to Bolivar Road) – Resurfacing work will begin on Thursday June 2, 2016. East 9th Place will be closed to through traffic and on street parking will not be allowed during construction. Work is expected to complete by June 24, 2016.

Road construction invariably presents hazards to the public. The city urges all travelers to use caution in construction zones.

Official Parade, Park Use and Speakers Platform Regulations and Revised Mobile and Stationary Vendor Regulation

Today,  Mayor Frank G. Jackson announced the parade, park use, and speaker’s platform regulations as well as the revised stationary and mobile vendor regulations for the Republican National Convention. Earlier this morning, the city’s Board of Control approved these documents.

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The city’s official event zone is outlined on this map , excluding spaces designated as the secure zone.

“Today is the first of many RNC related announcements we will be making as we draw closer to the convention,” said Mayor Jackson. “Some may think the process is slow but we are moving at the perfect pace to make sure everything is done right and done well.”

“Cleveland Division of Police is working closely with our Law Enforcement partners on the Federal, State, and Local levels to ensure we are prepared for the Convention,” said Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams. “We remain on schedule in the planning process, and to reiterate, we will be prepared.”

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Official route for parade demonstrations

Official Parade Permits: The City of Cleveland will be issuing scheduled parade permits with route times expected to run from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016 and the last parade will end by 5:00 p.m. On the following dates parades will run from from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the last parade is expected to end no later than 2:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016
  •  Thursday, July 21, 2016

Parades will run on the hour for a one-hour period.

As a part of the parade route the Lorain/Carnegie Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic starting on Sunday, July 17th at 12:01 a.m. and will remain closed until Saturday, July 23rd at 12:01 a.m.

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Location of public speaking platform in Public Sqaure

Official Applications: The on-line application process will open on May 31, 2016, at noon. The filing deadline for all applications and registrations is 5:00 p.m. on July 8, 2016.

Official Park Use Permits will allow the placement of Public Art and Public Installations on Perk Plaza and Willard Park.

An Official Speakers Platform will be in place on Public Square and speakers may sign up for 30 minute time slots scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and the last speaking event will be scheduled to end by 6:30 p.m. each day of the Convention.

Official Revised Mobile and Stationary Vendor Zones: The Board of Control approved revised mobile and stationary vendor routes and locations to accommodate the vendors during the Republican National Convention.

Mayor Jackson also introduced Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Ronald L. Rowe, Jr. and Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service Dignitary Protective Division, Timothy Lea, who has been working hand-in-hand with the City, Committee on Arrangements and Host Committee throughout the planning process.

Additional resources:

RNC Official Revised Mobile and Stationary Vendor Zone Regulation

RNC Official Event Zone Permit Regulations

Official Stationary Vending Zones 

Official Mobile Vending Zones

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Harvard Avenue Resurfacing Project

Work has begun on Section 1 of the Harvard Avenue resurfacing project (East 116th Street to East 131st Street).


One-way westbound traffic will be maintained between East 116th Street and East 131th Street. Eastbound traffic will be detoured south along East 116th Street, east on Miles Road and north on East 131st Street.

Driveway access will be maintained at all times.  Motorists will need to be alert for lane shifts and barrels used to direct traffic. This project is scheduled for completion in November 2016.

The Harvard Avenue resurfacing project includes asphalt milling, pavement base repair, asphalt resurfacing, installation of ADA compliant ramps and new pavement markings.

City Prepares for Downtown Filming of Major Motion Picture

The City of Cleveland is preparing for filming of portions of the major motion picture Fast and Furious 8 to begin in the downtown area on May 18, 2016.

construction1Multiple scenes will be filmed throughout downtown and will require road closures and traffic reroutes.  Filming is scheduled to run through June 10, 2016, however, dates are subject to change.

A complete list of closures and controlled areas are available here. 

Access to business and parking garages will be maintained in most cases.  The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will reroute busses as necessary.

Notable Closures

May 18th-20th 

  • Superior Avenue between East Roadway and East 9th Street
  • East 6th Street between St. Clair Avenue and Vincent Avenue

May 21st-22nd

  • Chester Avenue between East 9th Street and East 12th Street
  • East 12th Street between Walnut Avenue and Euclid Avenue

May 25th-26th

  • Ontario Street between Euclid Avenue and Huron Road

May 28th-29th

  • Prospect Avenue between Huron Road and Bolivar Road

June 2nd-5th

  • Ontario Street between Lakeside Avenue and Rockwell Avenue

June 8th

  • Prospect Avenue between Huron Road and Bolivar Road

June 9th-10th

  • Prospect Avenue between Ontario and East 4th Street

The Bureau of Traffic will supplement their customary allotment of traffic enforcement officers with additional police officers and traffic controllers to facilitate traffic into and out of downtown and to assist with pedestrian traffic.  Numerous officers will be detailed to the area during the event for added security and crowd control.

City Leaders Oppose House Bill 180 and Senate Bill 152

Mayor Jackson and City Council President Kelley Call on Governor Kasich to Veto HB 180 and SB 152 If Passed

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson and City Council President Kevin J. Kelley express strong opposition to House Bill 180 and Senate Bill 152, which would prohibit Ohio cities from using local hiring preferences for state-funded Cleveland construction projects.

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Mayor Frank G. Jackson

The proposed legislation would prohibit the abilities of Cleveland and other Ohio cities to combat unemployment and poverty by requiring contractors to use a percentage of local residents in construction projects.

“Prohibiting local hiring will hamper Ohio’s economic recovery and contribute to segregation of cities by race and income,” said Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “Our young people have increasing difficulty getting a start in Ohio’s workforce. These workers and the overall economy of Ohio will benefit from the local jobs created through the use of geographical-based hiring preferences on construction projects: jobs with apprenticeships, clear career paths, and quality on-the-job training.”

City Council President Kelley noted that Governor John Kasich embraced local hiring when he came to Cleveland last year to publicly back the $330 million Opportunity Corridor — a massive road project that will connect I-490 at East 55th Street to University Circle.

“The governor pledged $500,000 in public monies to create construction jobs for people living in the Corridor area,” said Council President Kelley. “That pledge appears to be fading.”

In 2003, the City of Cleveland enacted a local hiring law to help alleviate unemployment and poverty by providing residents with opportunities on construction projects funded, in whole or in part, with city assistance. These opportunities ensure Cleveland residents participate in, and benefit from, economic development in the City of Cleveland. Other cities across the state have similar laws.

House Bill 180 and Senate Bill 152 would reverse the progress made in providing Cleveland residents the opportunity to benefit from construction projects in the city and signal that the State of Ohio government is opposed to initiatives in urban areas that help improve local economies and the overall well-being of residents.

View Mayor Jackson’s letter to Governor Kasich urging the Governor to veto HB 180 and SB 152. 


Businesses that Have Applied for a “Major Event” Waiver Permit

The City of Cleveland has delivered a list of “major event” waiver permit applications the Ohio Division of Liquor Control. This permit, once approved by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, allows the holder to extend service time from 1:00 a.m. or 2:30 a.m. to 4:00 a.m., the following day during a major event. Under the provisions of the new law, the Republican National Convention is considered a major event.

Click here to view a list of businesses in the City of Cleveland that have applied for the waiver.

The deadline for businesses to apply for the Ohio Division of Liquor Control “major event” waiver permit in the city was March 21, 2016. By June 17, 2016, the Division of Liquor Control will review the list and determine whether to issue a waiver. The Division may remove the name of a permit holder from the list for good cause.