Cleveland: Construction to cause hurdles on Opening Day

11:02 PM, Apr 5, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- How ready is Cleveland to roll out the red carpet for the Tribe's Opening Day?

"The home opener is really the time that Cleveland comes back to life," said Mark Lammon, the director of operations and advocacy for Downtown Cleveland Alliance.

But at times, our city can look like the walking dead, not quite healed from the last bout of construction.

Some say the cranes in the air and barrels on the ground are a good sign.

"All of the construction that's happening isn't just a headache," said Lammon. "It's a sign that things are picking up, things are happening. And we have a lot of people downtown."

Monday's Indians Opening Day will attract even more, already selling out Progressive Field 42,000 fans strong.

"The Downtown Cleveland Alliance has been out cleaning all the streets. Sweeping, power washing, And the city is ready with its police force," said Lammon.

How will we all get to the stadium?

Related: Cleveland: Downtown traffic, RTA update for Indians opener 

"The only thing that we ask is please please take RTA," he said. Rapid transit will cost you $2.25 each way, but parking is free and you can stay dry from the train to the field through the tunnel from Tower City.

If you drive, do it early. Ontario Avenue and East 9th Street both have their share of construction.

One part is for the new Innerbelt bridge. The other part is utility work ahead of a street resurfacing project that starts in 10 days and will last until fall.

"Some things are a little pinched and squeezed down there. But you're always going to be able to get there. It just might take you a little bit longer," said Amanda Lee, a spokesperson for ODOT District 12.

How soon until it's all done? Just in time for the Indians to make it to the World Series, yes, this season.

"We're on the final stretch you know," said Lee. "There's going to be a lot of work and it is always going to get a little bit uglier before it gets prettier. But we can definitely tell you that that bridge, the first bridge is going to be open this fall."

For Monday, traffic controllers will be in place at key intersections to keep things moving. The biggest area to avoid if you can Ontario where lane restrictions between E. 14th Street and Carnegie Aveunue as crews move steel beams into place. 

As things change, you can find the updates on twitter -- hashtag #TribeOpener.

Other pointers from the city: 

  • Parking will be restricted on East 9th Street between Carnegie and Superior, and on Prospect between East 14th and Ontario between the hours of 1 p.m. and 10 p.m., Monday, April 8, 2013. Signs will be posted indicating these restrictions.
  • Parking at Gateway East Garage: The special event rate will be in effect and as such, monthly and daily customers will not have regular access. Monthly parking customers will be able to show their monthly pass at the East Entrance of the Lakefront Municipal Parking Lot (1500 S. Marginal) to access all day parking. RTA provides bus service from the west end of Muni Lot to Public Square.
  • Free shuttle service is available from Ohio City to/from Progressive Field two hours pregame and one hour post-game.
  • You can bike to Progressive Field using the new bike lane on the Lorain/Carnegie bridge and take advantage of new bike racks added to Gateway Plaza.


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