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"Captain America" filming ties up Cleveland traffic worse than expected
A casino party and road construction worsened the delays, but city expects things to ease up next week

Kevin Niedermier
Filming equipment is the only thing that will be moving on Cleveland's Shoreway for the next 2 weeks.
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This morning’s closing of Cleveland’s Shoreway for the filming of "Captain America" caused commuter delays that averaged twice as long as expected.

The major roadway connecting the eastern and western suburbs with downtown will remain closed for two weeks. But as WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, city officials expect the gridlock to ease up in coming days.

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Cleveland Traffic Commissioner Jim Muhic says the closing was expected to create about a half-hour delay for commuters, but that didn’t happen.

“The morning commute was delayed about an hour and 15 minutes. There were a couple of obstacles, Superior Avenue was still closed for filming, and part of Public Square as closed off for the Horseshoe Casino anniversary celebration. Both of those will be gone by Monday.”

The morning commute was also hampered by road construction on several downtown streets. And the commute is expected to be complicated tonight by the continuing casino party and a sold-out Indians game.

But other than a much longer drive to work, Muhic says there have been no accidents or other problems.
Come Monday, he expects drivers will find alternative routes to downtown, which will help ease the congestion. Muhic says he understands commuter’s frustrations with the Shoreway closing, but says the filming will provide a positive long-term impact for the city.



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