CLEVELAND -- The transformation of Quicken Loans Arena starts this month, and the renovation process is going to change your commute around The Q for the next 18 months.

The barricades are up on Huron Rd on the northwest side of The Q. The street is reduced to two lanes of traffic between Ontario Avenue and E. 6th St, with the lanes closest to The Q closed. This closure will be in place until Aug. of 2019.

During non-event times there will be one eastbound lane and one westbound lane flowing through the construction zone. However, on event days, Cleveland Police will implement the following restrictions:

  • Huron Road will be restricted to two lanes eastbound from Ontario Street to the Gateway East Garage entrance.
  • Huron Road will be closed to westbound traffic at Prospect Avenue.
  • East 4th Street southbound will be left turn only onto Huron Road, no changes to East 4th Street northbound.

Traffic flow pattern and restrictions at the end of games/events at Quicken Loans Arena or Progressive Field:

  • Huron Road will be closed to eastbound traffic from Ontario Street to the Gateway East garage
  • Vehicles departing the Gateway East Garage at the Huron Road exit will only be permitted to exit left (westbound) onto Huron Road.
  • East Fourth Street will be right turn only at Huron Road.

Traffic control officers will direct traffic on Huron Rd during the morning and evening rush. The traffic plan will be evaluated and additional adjustments may be made to better serve downtown residents and visitors.

Work will shut down before events to allow fans to get into the building unhindered. Drivers and fans will need to pack their patience but the staff at The Q says it's all worth it.

“We will go through a little ‘pardon our dust’ as we go through this, which is all part of the process of construction,” says Nic Barlage, President of Business Operations for the Cavs. “We do ask for everyone's patience as we embark on this but know that when we come on the other side of it we're going to be in a fantastic place and this will be a building that all of Northeast Ohio can truly be proud of.”

The Q will completely shut down to all events during the summers of 2018 and 2019 as part of the project. The renovation, described here, is designed to update and modernize the 23-year-old arena.