By Lisa Rickey, Host Committee Member
There is a running joke that Ohio has four seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and Construction. Well, guess what season it is right now? Construction Season.
The most significant construction impacting the conference is that taking place around Public Square, which is located somewhat between the Renaissance Hotel and the Convention Center. There have been some changes to traffic and bus routes around Public Square, to accommodate the construction.
- Parking garages and buildings on the perimeter of Public Square will be open and accessible to residents and Downtown employees.
- Exterior sidewalks along the perimeter of Public Square will be open for pedestrians. That is, you can walk on the sidewalks all around the four sides of the square; only the sidewalks that criss-cross through the center are closed. (This information has been confirmed as current and accurate by a Host Committee affiliate actually visiting the square on August 13th!)
The parking garage of the Renaissance Hotel remains accessible.
The map above shows the construction area and changes to traffic routes; it has been modified from the original to include markers for the Renaissance Hotel and the Convention Center.
For pedestrians walking from the Renaissance to the Convention Center, the following route is suggested: Exit the Renaissance near the parking garage on the north side, at W. 3rd Street. Walking on W. 3rd, cross Superior Avenue, and go two blocks north to St. Clair. Turn right on St. Clair. Walk one block east on St. Clair, and you will see the Global Center for Health Innovation, at the corner of St. Clair and Ontario Avenue. A little further down St. Clair from that corner is an entrance to the Global Center, which also connects to the Convention Center. You can use this entrance to get to the Convention Center, and there will be conference volunteers staffing this door to help you with finding where you need to go. If you are enjoying the nice weather or would simply prefer to go in the front entrance to the Convention Center, continue walking a short distance (less than a full block) on St. Clair, and turn left, either up Frantz Pastorius Blvd. (aka W. Mall Dr.) or the Public Hall pathway, and go one block north to Lakeside Avenue, where you will find the front entrance to the Convention Center, at 300 Lakeside Ave.
For more information about the Public Square construction project, visit:
- Public Square, by Downtown Cleveland Alliance
- Public Square Construction Information Packet (print-friendly PDF), by Downtown Cleveland
- Public Square Re-Design, by Cleveland RTA
- Public Square Bus Stops (print-friendly PDF map), by Cleveland RTA
- Driving Directions to the Cleveland Convention Center
For more information about Cleveland construction and traffic in general, visit:
- OHGO: Cleveland (real-time traffic alerts and construction info), by Ohio.gov and Ohio Department of Transportation
- District 12 Construction Project Updates, by Ohio Department of Transportation, which includes a weekly construction update at the upper left