Traffic restrictions released for Republican National Convention

RNC security zone, road closures announced

CLEVELAND - If you live or work around The Quicken Loans Arena, things are going to get a little wacky next month.

Though you will be able to walk to many places, driving and parking could be difficult.

Brendan Walton owns A.J. Rocco’s on Huron Road, which will be closed to car traffic. He still has questions over what, exactly, that means.

“Whether it’s pedestrian friendly, delegate friendly,” he said. “You know, if it’s cut off to some kind of population that can’t get in this area.”

Seth Taha works there too and wonders what it will mean for his daily commute.

“As far as right now goes, it’s just we’re kind of uncertain,” he said.

Michael Miller of Wilberts has attended private meetings for business owners and plans to stay open late during the RNC.

Yet even he does not know exactly what to expect.

“I don’t have anything booked right now,” he said. “And I’m thinking ‘expect nothing and appreciate everything.’ So I’m excited about it, but with reservations and I’ll do my best.” He said he was told he will know more next Tuesday.

And he will be ready one way or another. “If we’re making money, we’ll sleep here,” he said.

U.S. Secret Service officials released details into what roads will be closed to traffic during the Republican National Convention on Thursday.

The following roads will be closed to traffic:

  • Prospect Avenue between Ontario Street and East 9th Street
  • East 9th Street from Prospect Avenue to Orange Avenue
  • Huron Road between East 7th Street and Prospect Avenue
  • Lakeside Avenue between Mall C and Mall B
  • St. Clair Avenue westbound from Ontario Street to East 9th Street.

Large trucks will also be detoured from Interstate 90 where it passes close to Progressive Field, which is south of Quicken Loans Arena, according to the Associated Press. 

The convention runs from July 18-21. It was not immediately known when the roads will close and reopen. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Voinovich Park, and Great Lakes Science Center

The following road closures will be implemented beginning 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, July 17. The restrictions will remain in effect until 1 a.m. Monday, July 18:

  • Cleveland Memorial Shoreway from West 45th Street to the Innerbelt Freeway ramp
  • Northbound East 9th Street at Lakeside Avenue
  • Lakeside Avenue from East 9th Street to West 3rd Street
  • Northbound West 3rd Street at Lakeside Avenue
  • Alfred Lerner Way from West 3rd Street to North Marginal Road
  • North Marginal Road is closed at Aviation High School
  • South Marginal Road westbound at East 38th Street
  • Erieside Avenue
  • Key Plaza
  • Burke Lakefront Airport is accessible via North Marginal Road from East 55th Street

East 9th Street
The following traffic restrictions will begin at 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 and remain in effect until 6 a.m. on Friday, July 22:

  • East 9th Street is northbound only from Prospect Avenue to the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway. The southbound lanes of East 9th Street will be closed from St. Clair Avenue to Prospect Avenue, and East 9th Street is closed to all traffic from Prospect Avenue to Orange Avenue
  • Eastbound traffic will be able to cross East 9th Street at St Clair Avenue
  • Eastbound and westbound traffic will be able to cross East 9th Street at Superior Avenue
  • Eastbound and westbound traffic will be able to cross East 9th Street at Vincent Avenue
  • Eastbound and westbound traffic will be able to cross East 9th Street at Euclid Avenue
  • East 9th Street ramps from Interstate 71, Interstate 90, and Interstate 77 will be closed

Huntington Bank Cleveland Convention Center
The following traffic restrictions will begin at 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 and remain in effect until 6 a.m. on Friday, July 22:

  • St. Clair Avenue between Ontario Street and East 9th Street will be eastbound only
  • Westbound lanes of St. Clair Avenue between East 9th Street and Ontario Street will be closed
  • Lakeside Avenue between West Mall Drive and East Mall Drive will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians
  • West Mall Drive between Lakeside Avenue and St. Clair Avenue will be closed
  • East Mall Drive between Lakeside Avenue and St. Clair Avenue will be closed
  • Eastbound traffic towards the Justice Center on St. Clair Avenue will be diverted north or south at West 3rd Street
  •  Westbound traffic towards the Justice Center on St. Clair Avenue will be diverted north or south at Ontario Street

Pedestrians will be directed to the east sidewalk of East 9th Street from Carnegie Avenue to Prospect Avenue

The Republican National Convention Complex
(Quicken Loans Arena & Progressive Field)

The following road closures will be implemented beginning 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 16 and will remain in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday, July 23:

  • Southbound lanes of East 9th Street from St. Clair Avenue to Prospect Avenue
  • East 9th Street from Prospect Avenue to Orange Avenue
  • Carnegie Avenue from East 9th Street to West 20th Street
  • Ontario Street from Prospect Avenue to East 14th Street
  • West Huron Road from West 6th Street to Ontario Street
  • Huron Road from Ontario Street to East 7th Street
  • East 7th Street
  • Bolivar Road west from East 9th Street
  • Eagle Avenue west from East 9th Street
  • Lorain-Carnegie (Hope Memorial) Bridge from West 20th Street to Carnegie Avenue at East 9th Street

The following roads will be restricted to local vehicle traffic beginning 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 18 through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, July 22:

  • West Prospect Avenue from West 3rd Street to Ontario Street
  • Carnegie Avenue from East 14th Street to East 9th Street

The following streets are pedestrian access only and are off limits to vehicles beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 18 through 6 a.m. on Friday, July, 22:

  • Prospect Avenue from Ontario Street to East 9th Street
  • Huron Road from East 7th Street to Prospect Avenue

City Parking Restrictions

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 18 through 2:00 a.m. on Friday, July 22, street parking in the central business district of downtown Cleveland will be unavailable within the below boundaries:

  • All streets west of East 26th Street and east of West 10th Street
  • All streets north of Carnegie Avenue within boundaries of East 26th Street and West 10th Street
  • West 25th Street from Detroit Avenue to Gehring Street

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