Mayor Responds to Shoreway Closure Criticism

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- No second thoughts.

That’s Mayor Frank Jackson’s response to critics of the city’s decision to allow the Shoreway to be shut down for the next two weeks.

The city’s traffic infrastructure needs repaired, and they’re making the necessary changes.

“Ontario will be redone and Ninth Street will be redone,” said Jackson. “By the time we have the senior games happen, all of these arteries will be open. During this period, this will be a significant inconvenience.”

He’s referring to the movie-making in downtown and the West Shoreway being closed 24/7 to help crews film chase scenes.

"We like having movies filmed here," said Jackson. "These problems are all temporary, and ultimately we’re all going to enjoy the outcome. You’re just going to have to be patient."

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is filming chase scenes for the next two weeks, and they apparently need both directions closed.

That means the West Shoreway is shut down between East 9th Street and Lake Avenue.

The Senior Games start in mid-July.

The mayor said by then most of the major projects should be finished, not including the Innerbelt bridge project. Westsiders, especially, will find travel very difficult coming into downtown.

More movies are scheduled to shoot here soon; so you might want to get used to the color orange.

For a list of detours and other traffic info, click here.

For extended coverage on "Captain America" filming, click here.