CLEVELAND, Ohio – Less than one full day after the close of the Republican National Convention the streets of Cleveland were returning to normal.
A short while after the balloons fell, marking the end of the week, long event crews were already starting to dismantle and remove the fences and barricades that lined Ninth Street and closed off parts of the city around the Quicken Loans Arena and the Convention Center on Lakeside.
On Friday, a company out of Maryland was removing the concrete barriers that lined the shuttle route between the convention sites.
Although the barriers helped keep the city secure for convention delegates and visitors, Cleveland area residents say they did create disruptions.
“I was on my way home from work a few days ago and I tried cutting through downtown and it just made it worse,” said Jose Valle.
“We couldn’t go anywhere, I usually walk at lunch time but they were going to stop you if you were walking, so I chose not to go for my walk at lunch time,” said Jennifer Weiss, who works downtown.
Crews removing the concrete ‘jersey barriers’ on Friday told Fox 8 News they have two days to get all of them out.
They predicted that they would complete the job by early Saturday.
Nobody was more happy to see the fences and barricades taken down than owners of local businesses that expected large crowds, but complained that they lost their regular customers and had very little traffic from convention visitors.
By the weekend, there could be little evidence on the streets that the city ever hosted the week long event.
“We are amazed, what it must have taken first to put this all together and second to take it all apart and it’s amazing,” said Nancy Gladstone of Shaker Heights who came downtown for the first time this week with her husband Kevin.