Cleveland gets ready for Republican National Convention

(WKYC Photo)

CLEVELAND (AP) — One day out from the official start of the Republican National Convention, security in downtown Cleveland appears ready for the thousands of political delegates and news media heading to the city.

Vehicle and pedestrian traffic began thickening Saturday on the city’s main thoroughfares and traversing downtown has become a challenge.

Barricades staffed by Ohio National Guard members are blocking or restricting a number of streets surrounding police headquarters and the Cleveland Convention Center. The hardened security perimeter under control of the U.S. Secret Service around the convention venue, Quicken Loans Arena, also is in place.

What will happen outside the convention hall starting Monday, the first day of the four-day convention, is uncertain. But Cleveland’s mayor and police chief say the city is prepared for all sorts of situations. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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