Cleveland Movie Traffic

For immediate release: May 13, 2013

Updated: Cleveland’s role in Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier brings important economic benefits and some temporary alternate traffic patterns too.

Thank you all in advance for your patience and cooperation during the filming of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in downtown Cleveland. Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is trying to provide our commuters with the most current information. We appreciate your continued patience, and please be aware that we will be posting regular reminders and updates.

As many of you know, filming has been underway since May 20th.  Our calendar is constantly being updated to reflect the filming progress thus far.

As of today, please also note that Prospect Ave. is not closed and will remain open at this time.

The Shoreway closure starts this week. Please plan your alternative commuting route ahead of time to avoid any confusion or unexpected delays.

If you have any questions please let us know.

Mary Shaffer, Public Relations
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Maureen Harper, Chief of Communications
City of Cleveland

John Pisani, Publicist
Marvel Studios – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

 Ivan Schwarz, Executive Director
Greater Cleveland Film Commission

As you all know "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," The Marvel action-thriller, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, started filming in Cleveland on Monday, May 20, 2013. The filming is expected to last about 6 weeks with a crew of about 300 handling everything from the art production to the high-speed chases and crashes.

May 31, 2013 Update

The stretch of Shoreway that is closed as of Friday, May 31, is from Lake Avenue near Edgewater Park to East Ninth Street near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. As of now the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is planning
 to closing of the highway for approximately two weeks while various high-speed chases and crashes that are part of the movie plotline can be filmed.  The highway will be inaccessible to gawkers, only the film crews are allowed on this part of Shoreway. We have been told by Ivan Schwarz, president of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission that the chases and crashes are part of a long scene that climaxes in a massive smash-up/ gun battle scene in front of the Justice Center.

UPDATE for Road Closing and Rerouting for May 31

The West Shoreway was closed around 4:30 a.m. today for filming, after a day's delay.

Commuters, prepare yourself for some major stop-and-go along the single-lane Detroit, and detours once you finally arrive downtown. Police are overseeing the route and restrict traffic as needed during filming. Be aware that according to the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority the eastbound lanes will be completely closed from Lake Avenue to East Ninth Street while the westbound lanes will be closed from Lake Avenue to the Edgewater Park exit and from West 49th Street to East Ninth Street.

Adding to your travails, Superior Avenue is also closed today from East 12th Street to Ontario.  So is East 3rd between Superior and Rockwell.  And to add to the fun, traffic will also be disrupted at times at East 6th between Vincent and Rockwell and East 9th between Walnut and Rockwell.

Add to these Text Messages that are Pouring in from Cleveland Drivers


Hey guys... There's no traffic on the Rapid ☺ #gloating #cletraffic
9:02 AM - 31 May 2013 · Cleveland, OH, United States


Greater Cleve RTA

RT @ShawnCLE: It's #Carmageddon #Cleveland style!! The West Shoreway is CLOSED! Take @GCRTA!


I'm beginning to think that this movie is NOT worth this traffic headache for the next few all.  #stuckintraffic #terrible
9:02 AM - 31 May 2013


I can't believe I am in the middle of the worse traffic mess. We would be in a terribly fix if we were not following the van that is carrying all our household belongings. We are in the process of moving from Baltimore to Cleveland and the van of our movers,Von Paris Moving & Storage, is distinctive enough, so even though we are now four cars behind them, we are not lost.The day my wife did a search for movers Baltimore and selected Von Paris, an angel was watching out for us. Best movers ever. Just stay in view. Hey, I just heard all this traffic is due to the filming of #CaptainAmerica. Well, that explains what's going on. What a memorable welcome to Cleveland. This is just crazy. Gotta go, the traffic is now moving.
9:14 AM - 31 May 2013


was and will be some #StuckInTraffic. Just wait- it will be worth it to see Cleveland, my hometown in #CaptainAmerica. It’s not like they didn’t warn us. #leave30minsearly
9:10 AM - 31 May 2013 · Cleveland, OH, United States


FYI!! The shoreway backup having its effects even on 480 and 77 - traffic crawling there as well #CaptainAmerica # StuckInTraffic.
8:28 AM - 31 May 2013


FYI: clifton to west blvd to madison to 65th to bridge to 25th to lorain to downtown = 55 min from west lakewood #cletraffic #CLEcaptTraffic
9:54 AM - 31 May 2013


At least the pedestrians can playing Fleapfrog through #CaptainAmerica traffic this 7a.m. Made my commute feel a lot like a video game...Hurrah
10:13 AM - 31 May 2013


For all those unlucky souls stuck in traffic due to #CaptainAmerica & the #CLE #ShorewayShutdown we are praying to St Frances of Rome, patron of motorists for those of you who do not know
9:29 AM - 31 May 2013


WEWS NewsChannel5 Verified account
Seeing a terrific long backup on Detroit Ave. headeing toward downtown #Cleveland. Follow @MackieTraffic for #CleTraffic updates
8:41 AM - 31 May 2013

Now For Additional Film Locations Around Cleveland

Other location points around the city include the Lorain Avenue Bridge. On Friday, June 21, the bridge will be used in major scenes featuring Scarlett Johansson as The Black Widow.

On Monday, June 24 as the production begins its fith week here, the cast and crew are inside the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Lining East Boulevard and Wade Oval Drive are several large equipment trucks. It looks like it will be a bad day for all you superhero-gawkers, since the action is indoors. At least the traffic isn’t going to be as bad as it has been. Although on Wednesday night head over to East Ninth Street and Euclid Avenue. There will be filming in the evening.

It’s been exciting to say the least. There have been a lot of very public explosions, gunfire, fights, and car chases in downtown Cleveland, including spots along East Sixth Street, Superior Avenue, West Third Street and the West Shoreway which they closed off to us gawkers. Curse #@*!!

If you live out in Tremont you might have seen the crew filming at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Tremont, as well as inside private homes in Tremont and Cleveland Heights.

Wednesday night the production will shift to East Ninth Street and Euclid Avenue.

Lots of folks have caught glimpses of such stars of the film as Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Frank Grillo  and Hayley Atwell among others. Everyone is still waiting for the first sighting of Robert Redford, who plays S.H.I.E.L.D's Alexander Pierce.

Update June 28, 2013 at 10:31 AM

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" wrapped its nearly six-week production on Thursday. Will we miss all the excitement? You betcha! Will we miss the snarled traffic and crazy delays? Nope. Obviously, a film production that comes in and shuts down roads, complicating people's daily commute is not one of the initial benefits of being the film’s location. However, film productions bring lots of money  and jobs to Cleveland. That we do welcome.

The movie is supposed to be released on April 4, 2014.

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