Public Square renovations set to begin today

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CLEVELAND, OH – Renovations begin today at Public Square in downtown Cleveland.

The project is massive and will cost millions of dollars to complete.

"It's going to be absolutely great. I wish it happened 30 years ago,” said Cleveland Resident Michael Farris.

Before he and others can enjoy the new space, they’ll have to endure a lot of construction and some traffic changes.

The city said Ontario and Superior Avenue will both be closed. Surrounding Public Square roadways and Rockwell Avenue will stay open though.

Several RTA bus stops have also been relocated.

"I'm not worried about it. They're doing a good job, said RTA Rider Annie Dye.

She takes the bus every day and said she’s prepared for any surprises.

The goal is to get everything finished by 2016, just in time for the Republic National Convention.

"It won't be a moving construction zone, so what people find on Monday, they'll find a year from Monday. Once you learn the new pattern, you'll have the new pattern which I think will make it much easier,” said RTA’s General Manager Joe Calabrese.

For a map of new and removed Public Square bus stops, click here.

For the overall detour plan for Public Square, click here.

For more information on the entire project, click here.

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