Public Square makeover: What to expect from upcoming project

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-- It's been decades since Public Square downtown has seen any major improvements, but that's about to change next month.

That's when the city plans to start construction on a multimillion dollar project that was announced last year.

People can expect a lot of changes. Some of the biggest: more green space and less traffic.

The designers said they want make the area more friendly for residents and visitors.

"It'll be a lot better for people who want to hang out downtown," said Nicole Zefo, who was waiting for the bus. She said Public Square definitely needs a makeover.

While construction is set to begin in February, a specific date hasn't been picked.

RTA and LakeTran aren't wasting any time preparing though. They're already warning riders that many of their buses will be rerouted to the perimeter roads once everything gets going.

"I hope it's an area where I don't have too far to walk because right now I get off here on Ontario and walk all the way to West 3rd to my job," said Mary Thomas.

She said she's not worried about the temporary interruptions and thinks it'll be worth it.

Zefo agreed. "I think there will be your people that complain and don't like it, but it is what it is," she said.

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