Public Square renovations starting soon, traffic plan released

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Big changes are coming to Public Square, and a plan has been released to help alleviate traffic.

The multimillion dollar project could start as early as Feb. 23 and will result in more green space and less traffic downtown.

According to the RTA, a total of 33 bus routes will have relocated stops and changed routes. During construction, Ontario Street and Superior Avenue will be closed as through streets, and pedestrians will use perimeter sidewalks on the Tower City side.

Superior Avenue will reopen in spring of 2016 to bus-only traffic.

During construction (February 2015 – June 2016), other changes will include:

  • Only RTA and necessary property access around Public Square (including valet, garage access, etc.)
  • Bus stops, shelters and bus layover areas reorganized to accommodate full Public Square closure
  • All bus routes and transfers remain within one block of Public Square
  • The HealthLine stop across from Tower City stays open

In a release, RTA said the goal is to minimize customer inconvenience during construction and help create a transit and pedestrian-friendly environment “that not only maintains but enhances the inconvenience and attractiveness of public transit in and around downtown.”

“As downtown Cleveland continues to experience unprecedented growth, parking becomes more expensive and less available. Convenient public transit and a transit-friendly Public Square will be more important than ever,” said RTA CEO and General Manager, Joe Calabrese, in the release.

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 on the project, click here. 

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