CLEVELAND - A downtown intersection will close this weekend as crews raise a pedestrian walkway connecting the Horseshoe Casino's parking garage to its second floor.
Cars will not be permitted at Ontario Street and Prospect Avenue from Friday night until early Monday morning, though businesses and pedestrian access will be open as usual, Cleveland Police report.
Ontario Street will be closed from Public Square to Huron Road and Prospect Avenue will be closed from E. 4th Street to just past the casino. The area will close at around 6:30 p.m. Friday and reopen by 6 a.m. Monday.
Traffic controllers will reroute traffic.
In August, Rock Ohio Caesar purchased the Higbee Building from Forest City, clearing the way for the bridge over the intersection of Ontario Street and Prospect Avenues.
The casino had long argued the walkway was needed to improve customer access to the building, especially during the winter months when customers not taking the casino-offered shuttle were forced to cross the street in the elements.
"The walkway answers the call of our guests, who have requested a more convenient way to access the casino without crossing busy streets or braving harsh weather," said Marcus Glover, the general manager of Horseshoe Casino.
Some opposed to the walkway are concerned of its impact on downtown businesses as well as its aesthetic harm to area.
The bridge will cross the intersection diagonally at a height of 16 feet, 6 inches.