By Kevin Kelley
The Lorain Road bridge, which connects Fairview Park and Cleveland over the Rocky River Valley, will be closed for much of June 14 for film production of “Captain America.”
Producers of the movie, parts of which are being filmed in Cleveland, met with Mayor Eileen Patton, police Chief Patrick Nealon and fire Chief Bud Williams a few weeks ago to discuss the bridge closure.
Nealon said the bridge will be closed to traffic from 5 a.m. until as late as 8 p.m.
Because Fairview Hospital is at the east end of the bridge, arrangements have been made to allow emergency vehicles to cross throughout the day as needed.
“It will be open for emergencies,” Nealon said.
Area fire departments and dispatchers have been made aware of the planned closure.
In addition to Brookpark Road and Hilliard Boulevard, Nealon recommends crossing through the Cleveland Metroparks as an alternate. To take this route from Fairview Park, turn south on Wooster Road into the Metroparks. At the bottom of the hill, turn left onto Valley Parkway, past the Big Met and Little Met golf courses, and turn right onto the bridge at Old Lorain Road. Old Lorain Road proceeds up from the valley, past the southern side of Fairview Hospital and the back of the hospital’s parking garage to Lorain Road. Be forewarned – Old Lorain Road is a bit narrow and hilly.
Nealon said he does not anticipate the same traffic problems on June 14 that have occurred in recent days due to the closure for “Captain America” filming on the Shoreway.
“It’s only for one day,” Nealon said of the Lorain Road bridge closure. “It’s not for a two-week period.”
Producers told city officials none of the movie’s major stars will be filming on the bridge June 14. Instead, filming will involve stunts with cars and motorcycles, Nealon said.