CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – A new audio system, scoreboards and seating sections won’t be the only new thing for Browns fans this season.
Some fans will have to take new routes to walk to the stadium.
Fans that used the pedestrian bridge that connected FirstEnergy Stadium from the Huntington or Willard parking garages will have to find another route this season after the City of Cleveland Announced that the bridge, which was only open for Browns games, will remain closed indefinitely.
The Division of Police and Division of Traffic Engineering cited a need to “implement a safer pedestrian route to FirstEnergy Stadium and improve traffic flow around the stadium” as the reason for the closure of the bridge.
“Whether you plan on heading straight to the game or tailgating, we want everyone to have an enjoyable and safe time when they come downtown,” said Michael McGrath, Director of Public Safety. “When you have tens of thousands of people converging on one area of the city in a short period of time, there’s always the potential for any multitude of traffic hazards and we want to mitigate those concerns.”
– To access the stadium from the Huntington parking garage, fans should exit and head towards West 3rd Street then head north to the southwest and northwest gates of the stadium.
– To access the stadium from Willard parking garage, fans are encouraged to exit the garage and head towards East 9th Street, then towards Erieside Avenue, then towards the southeast and northeast gates of the stadium.
Signage will be posted to notify fans of the bridge closure and to redirect them towards alternate routes along East 9th Street or West 3rd Street.
The city also announced that the Muni Lot will open for all games at 7 a.m. on game days (including this Saturday) and fans will be charged $20 per space. RV’s that take up additional spaces will be charged $20 per space taken up.
In addition to the pedestrian bridge closure the city announced redesigned traffic control measures to improve safety and walkability during game days.
– Alternative Traffic Routing – West 25th Street, Superior Avenue, Prospect Avenue, East 14th Street and East 18th Street will now be a part of the game day traffic plan with added signage and signal timing changes.
– Redirection of traffic along the Marginal roadways – Traffic will be able access I-90 at East 55th. Traffic will not be permitted to access East 9th Street from the Marginal so as to not conflict with pedestrian traffic.
– Pedestrian fencing – Additional fencing will be added to prohibit pedestrians from walking onto the Shoreway or Shoreway ramps
– Police officers and traffic controllers – The following intersections will now be staffed with traffic controllers: West 9th Street and St. Clair Avenue, West 9th Street and Superior Avenue, West 6th Street and St. Clair Avenue, West 6th Street and Superior Avenue, West 25th Street and Detroit, and all Muni Lot access driveways to and from the Shoreway. In addition to these intersections, all driveway access points to North Marginal Road from the Coast Guard Station and Burke Airport will be staffed.
Open containers, consumption of alcohol and public intoxication are all prohibited in the Muni Lot. The city will provide 50 portable restrooms, 75 trash cans and 3 dumpsters for tailgating.
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