Polish, Ukrainian festivals in Toronto; road closures too

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Polish folk singers – at a previous Roncesvalles Festival

It is still festivals and fun time in Ontario – at the summer season winds down. There are several special events in Toronto this weekend that will involve road closures.

The City has asked residents and visitors from across the GTA to come out and enjoy these events. Businesses in the areas affected are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.

Festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents, the City said.

In addition to road closures related to special events, a significant amount of road work is taking place in the city. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations.

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Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destinations. A more complete list of events and road work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions.

TTC customers can receive information about service diversions by subscribing to eAlerts at http://www.ttc.ca/ or by following @TTCnotices on Twitter.

Toronto 10-Miler, Half Marathon and 5K
A series of road and lane closures for this running event will take place on Saturday, September 17 between 5:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the area bounded by Unwin Avenue in the west, Leslie Street in the east, Commissioners Street in the north and Lake Ontario in the south. Motorists will be able to access Unwin Avenue via Cherry Street.
Roncesvalles Polish Festival
Roncesvalles Avenue from Grafton Avenue to Dundas Street will be closed from Saturday, September 17 at 5 a.m. to Sunday, September 18 at 11 p.m. for this festival. Howard Park Avenue will be open to traffic during this event.

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Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival
Bloor Street West from Jane Street to Runnymede Road will be closed from Friday, September 16 at 9:30 a.m. to Sunday, September 18 at 11:59 p.m. to accommodate this event.

Sunnybrook Foundation – RBC Run for the Kids 5K, 15K and 25K
A series of road closures and lane restrictions will take place for this event on Saturday, September 17 from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the area bounded by Sheppard Avenue in the south, Yonge Street in the east, Dufferin Street in the west and Steeles Avenue in the north.

Open Streets TO
Bloor Street/Danforth Avenue from Dufferin Street to Hampton Avenue and Yonge Street from Bloor Street to Queen Street will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 18.

During the Open Streets TO event, vehicles will be able to cross Bloor Street/Danforth Avenue at Dufferin Street, Ossington Avenue, Grace Street/Christie Street, Bathurst Street, Spadina Avenue, Avenue Road, Bay Street, Church Street, Ted Rogers Way, Sherbourne Street, Broadview Avenue and Hampton Avenue. Vehicles will be able to cross Yonge Street at Wellesley Street, College Street, Gerrard Street, Dundas Street, Shuter Street and Queen Street. – CINEWS

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