Several special events in Toronto this weekend will involve road closures, including closures for the Honda Indy that take effect starting at noon on Wednesday, July 13. Residents and visitors are are being encouraged by the City 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.
These festivals and other 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, City Council said in a statement.
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.
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/
Honda Indy Toronto
Strachan Avenue between Lake Shore Boulevard and Fleet Street will be closed starting at noon today, Wednesday, July 13 and Lake Shore Boulevard from Strachan Avenue to British Columbia Drive will be closed starting at 9 p.m. today. Both closures will be in effect until midnight on Sunday, July 17. There will be no eastbound or westbound traffic during this closure. The only available access to Ontario Place will be from the foot of Strachan Avenue.
The TTC will divert several routes to accommodate the Honda Indy as follows: 511 Bathurst shuttle buses will divert via Fleet Street and Fort York Boulevard; 29 Dufferin buses will turn back at Springhurst Avenue; 509 Harbourfront streetcars will turn back at Fleet Street Loop, and 510 Spadina streetcars will turn back at Queens Quay West.
Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Festival – Junior Carnival and Family Day Event
A series of road closures will take place on Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate the parade and other activities of the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Festival. The parade will begin at the rear of 30 Sewells Rd., goes west on McLevin Avenue to Neilson Road and north on Neilson Road to Neilson Park Drive. The 39A Finch East, 132 Milner and 133 Neilson bus routes will divert. More information about public transit schedules is available at http://www.ttc.ca.
Festival of South Asia
Gerrard Street between Glenside Avenue and Coxwell Avenue will be closed from Saturday, July 16 at 9 p.m. to Monday, July 18 at 2 a.m. for the Festival of South Asia. Shuttle buses on the 506 Carlton route will divert in both directions via Greenwood Avenue, Dundas Street East and Coxwell Avenue.
Bloor West Village BIA Festival
A series of road closures involving local roads running off Bloor Street will take place to accommodate the Bloor West Village BIA Festival on Saturday, July 16. Windermere Avenue will be closed from 3 to 11 p.m. Closures will affect Beresford Avenue, Glendonwynne Road, Armadale Avenue, Durie Street and Kennedy Avenue from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fusion of Taste
Islington Avenue between Albion Road and Wardlaw Crescent will be closed from Sunday, July 17 at 6 a.m. to Monday, July 18 at 1 a.m. for the Fusion of Taste event. Buses on the 37 Islington route will divert via Albion Road, Kipling Avenue and Finch Avenue during this road closure. – CINEWS