July 18, 2014 5:06 pm

Weekend road closures expected to slow traffic throughout Toronto

TORONTO – The City of Toronto is advising the public to allow for extra time to get around due to a number of special events happening throughout the summer.

Officials want to make sure that your travels plans may involve some significant delays, especially for drivers.

Residents and visitors are being encouraged to take public transit and to allow extra time to get to and from their destinations in the city whether driving or taking public transit.

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The city maintains “festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy and contributing to residents’ and visitors’ enjoyment of what the city has to offer.”

Below are a list of road closures for the City of Toronto this weekend.

Honda Indy Weekend
On Wednesday, July 16 at noon, Strachan Avenue from Lake Shore Boulevard to Fleet Street will be closed. Later that same day, as of 9 p.m., Lake Shore Boulevard from Strachan Avenue to British Columbia Drive will be closed. Both closures are in effect until Sunday, July 20 at 11:59 p.m. There will be no eastbound or westbound traffic during this closure.

The only available access to Ontario Place will be from Lake Shore Boulevard at the foot of Strachan Avenue.

As a result of these closures, the City of Toronto’s south Animal Shelter at Exhibition Place will be closed Friday, July 18 to Sunday, July 20.

Watch: Weekend road closure slow traffic but boost the economy. Mark McAllister reports. 

Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival’s Junior Parade and Festival
A series of road closures will take place on Saturday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to accommodate the parade route. The parade will begin at the back of 30 Sewells Rd. and will travel east on McLevin Avenue to Sewells Road, west on Sewells Road to Neilson Road, north on Neilson Road to Neilson Park Drive, and east on Neilson Park Drive to the entrance of Neilson Park.

Live Green Toronto Festival
Yonge Street from Edward Street (just north of Dundas Street) to Queen Street will be closed on Saturday, July 19 from 6:30 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. for the festival. Bay Street will be an alternative route for motorists.

Salsa on St. Clair
St. Clair Avenue from Winona Drive to Christie Street will be closed in both directions from Saturday, July 19 at 8 a.m. to Sunday, July 20 at 11 p.m. Vaughan Road and Davenport Road will be alternative east-west routes for motorists.

Chinatown Festival
Dundas Avenue West from Spadina Avenue to Beverley Street will be closed from Saturday, July 19 at 12:01 a.m. to Sunday, July 20 at 11 p.m.

Big on Bloor
Bloor Street from Dufferin Street to Lansdowne Avenue will be closed in both directions from Saturday, July 19 at 9 a.m. to Sunday, July 20 at 9 p.m. College Street and St. Clair Avenue will be alternative routes for motorists.

Thrill of the Grill
Danforth Avenue from Broadview Avenue to Jackman Avenue will be closed in both directions on Saturday, July 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Youth Day Event
Yonge Street from Queen Street to Dundas Street will be closed in both directions on Sunday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Bay Street and Church Street will be alternative routes for motorists.

Source: City of Toronto

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