pan am games road closures

Road closures in Toronto during the Pan Am Games

Pan Am Games road closures stretch across Toronto over the next month or so. It will be impossible not to feel the effect of the games for anyone commuting, but the real pain will be for drivers. We've already published a primer on the HOV lanes and what you need to know about getting around, but this is the official list of road closures and traffic restrictions.

Pan Am Games organizers reserve the right to deviate from the times listed below as pertains to athletic events, but with healthy buffers around each event, I'd suspect that this won't happen. So, get ready: the city is about to become a driver's nightmare. The best way to arm yourself in this battle is with knowledge. Good luck, and please stay patient.

Note: two types of traffic restrictions are listed below -- those that relate to Pan Am facilities and ceremonies, and those that pertain to specific athletic events. For more information, check out this document from the Pan Am Games.

PAN AM GAMES GENERAL CLOSURES

Temporary traffic changes near Varsity Stadium (VAR) and Pan Am Fields (PAF) at
the University of Toronto:

  • No stopping on Bloor St. between Devonshire Place and Queen's Park Circle from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. from June 29 to August 18.
  • No standing on Bedford Ave. between 15 metres and 45 metres north of Bloor St. from July 14 to August 11.
  • No standing on Hoskin Ave. between St. George St. and Devonshire Place from June 21 to August 16.
  • Hoskin Ave. will be one-way eastbound between St. George St. and Devonshire Place, from July 8 to August 16. Only local traffic will be permitted.
  • Hoskin Ave. closed between Devonshire Place and Queen's Park Crescent, from June 22 to August 22.
  • Devonshire Place will be one-way northbound between Hoskin Ave. and Bloor St. W., from June 29 to August 18. Only local traffic will be permitted.
  • No stopping on St. George St. between Hoskin Ave. and College St., from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. from June 29 to August 18.
  • Temporary traffic changes near Nathan Phillips Square (NPS):

    • Wellington St. closed between University Ave. and Church St., from 5:30 p.m. to midnight on August 15.
    • Bay St. closed between Dundas St. and Queen St. from 3:00 p.m. to midnight on August 15.
    • No standing on University Ave. between Wellington St. and Armoury St., from 3:00 p.m. on August 15 to 1:00 a.m. on August 16.
    • No standing on Richmond St. between York St. and Bay St. at all times, from August 2 to August 18.

    Temporary traffic changes near Pan Am Ceremonies Venue (PAD), typically
    known as the Rogers Centre:

    • Bremner Blvd. (eastbound) closed between Rees St. and Lower Simcoe St., from 3:00 p.m. to midnight on July 10 and July 26.
    • Bremner Blvd. (westbound) closed between Navy Wharf Ct. and Lower Simcoe St., from 3:00 p.m. to midnight on July 10 and July 26.
    • No standing on Bremner Blvd between Lower Simcoe St. and York St. from June 30 to July 28.
    • Rees St. closed between Lake Shore Blvd. and Bremner Blvd., from 3:00 p.m. to midnight on July 10 and July 26.
    • Wellington St. closed between John St. and Church St., from 5:45 p.m. to midnight on July 10 and July 26.
    • Front St. eastbound lanes closed between John St. and Simcoe St., from 3:00p.m. to midnight on July 10 and July 26.
    • No standing on Front St. between Bathurst St. and Spadina Ave., from 3:00 p.m. to midnight on July 10 and July 26.
    • No standing on Queen's Quay West between Bay St. and Yonge St., from 6:00a.m. to midnight from July 1 to July 28. No standing on Cooper St. between Queen's Quay West and 60 metres north, from 6:00 a.m. to midnight from July 1 to July 28.
    • No parking in the lots south of the Rogers Centre, from July 2 to July 10 and from July 20 to July 28.

    Temporary traffic changes near the CIBC Pan Am / Parapan Am Athletes' Village
    (PAV) and the Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCY) in the east Donlands:

    • Front St. closed between Trinity St. and Cherry St., from June 1 to August 30.
    • Old Eastern Ave. closed between Eastern Ave. and Lawren Harris Square, from April 2 to September 30.
    • Cherry St. closed between Mill St. and Front St. from April 2 to September 30.
    • Cherry St. closed between Front St. and Eastern Ave., from June 1 to September 30.
    • Cherry St closed between Lake Shore Blvd and Mill St, from June 15 to September 30.
    • No standing on Parliament St. between Lake Shore Blvd. and Front St. from July 1 to August 19.
    • No standing on Trinity St. between Mill St. and Front St. from July 1 to August 19.
    • No standing on Eastern Ave. (south side) between Cherry St. and Old Eastern Ave., from July 1 to August 19.
    • No stopping on Cherry St. between Lake Shore Blvd and Ship Channel Bridge, from June 29 to August 20.
    • No parking on Cherry St. between Unwin Ave. and Ship Channel Bridge, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. between July 7 and July 19.
    • No stopping on Commissioners St. between Cherry St. and Munitions Rd., from June 29 to August 20.

    Temporary traffic changes near Pan Am Park (PAP) at Exhibition Place:

    • No parking on Dufferin St. (east side) between Springhurst Ave. and Queen St. atfrom July 11 to July 26.
    • No parking on Dufferin St (west side) between King St. and Queen St. from July 11 to July 26.
    • No standing on Dufferin St. (west side) between Springhurst Ave. and Thorburn Ave. from July 11 to July 26.
    • No standing on Tyndall Ave. (east side) between Springhurst Ave. and Thorburn Ave. from July 11 to July 26.
    • No standing on Springhurst Ave. (north side) between Jamieson Ave. and Dufferin St. from July 11 to July 26.
    • No standing on Springhurst Ave (south side) between Dunn Ave and Spencer Ave. from July 11 to July 26.
    • Springhurst Ave will be one-way westbound between Dufferin St. and Tyndall Ave. from July 11 to July 26.
    • No left turn from westbound Springhurst Ave. onto Jamieson Ave. from July 11 to July 26.
    • No right turn from southbound Bathurst St. onto Lake Shore Blvd, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, from June 29 to August 18.
    • Manitoba Dr. will be closed from Saskatchewan Rd. to Strachan Ave. from July 4 to July 26
    • No right turn from southbound Strachan Ave. onto Manitoba Dr. from July 4 to July 26.
    • Strachan Ave southbound will be closed between Lake Shore Blvd. and Fleet St. from July 4 to July 26.
    • Ontario Dr. will be one-way northbound between Lake Shore Blvd. and Manitoba Dr. from July 4 to July 26.

    PAN AM GAMES ATHLETIC EVENTS CLOSURES

    Saturday, July 11: triathlon competition (women's)

    1 a.m.: Full closure of Lake Shore Boulevard between Parkside Drive and Ontario Place parking lots.

    Lake Shore Boulevard between Parkside Drive and Net Drive (one eastbound lane) will remain open using a counterflow system (no through traffic - local access only) so that businesses and residents have access.

    2 p.m.: Full reopening of all westbound lanes on Lake Shore Boulevard.

    Sunday, July 12: triathlon competition (men's)

    1 a.m.: Full closure of Lake Shore Boulevard between Parkside Drive and Ontario Place parking lots.

    Lake Shore Boulevard between Parkside Drive and Net Drive (one eastbound lane) will remain open using a counterflow system (no through traffic - local access only) so that businesses and residents have access.

    2 p.m.: Full reopening of all eastbound and westbound lanes on Lake Shore Boulevard.

    Saturday, July 18: marathon competition (women's)

    1 a.m.: Full closure of Lake Shore Boulevard from Parkside Drive to Strachan Avenue. Full closure of Parkside Drive between Lake Shore Boulevard and High Park Road, and roads in High Park (Colborne Lodge Drive, Centre Road).

    Lake Shore Boulevard between Parkside Drive and Net Drive (one eastbound lane) will remain open using a counterflow system (no through traffic - local access only) so that businesses and residents have access.

    2 p.m.: Full reopening of all eastbound and westbound lanes on Lake Shore Boulevard, Parkside Drive and roads in High Park (Colborne Lodge Drive, Centre Road).

    Sunday, July 19: race walk (men's and women's 20-kilometre race)

    1 a.m.: Full closure of all eastbound and westbound lanes on Lake Shore Boulevard between
    British Columbia Drive and Strachan Avenue. Local access only past Strachan Avenue. All others, including spectators, will need to show their Games event ticket to gain access beyond this point.

    2 p.m.: Full reopening of all eastbound and westbound lanes on Lake Shore Boulevard.

    Friday, July 24: Two-hour road cycling and marathon training closure

    11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Road closures for athletes to familiarize themselves with the course.

    The closures will affect eastbound and westbound lanes on Lake Shore Boulevard from Parkside Drive to Strachan Avenue, Parkside Drive, High Park Boulevard, Centre Road, Colborne Lodge Drive, West Road, westbound lanes of the Queensway between Colborne Lodge Drive and Ellis Avenue (two-way traffic will run in the eastbound lanes), Ellis Avenue, Ellis Park Road, Olympus Avenue, Harcroft Road, and eastbound on Bloor Street between Harcroft and Parkside Drive.

    Saturday, July 25: marathon competition (men's) and cycling - road race (men's and women's)

    1 a.m.: The closures will affect eastbound and westbound lanes on Lake Shore Boulevard from Parkside Drive to Strachan Avenue, Parkside Drive, High Park Boulevard, Centre Road, Colborne Lodge Drive, West Road, westbound lanes of the Queensway between Colborne Lodge Drive and Ellis Avenue (two-way traffic will run in the eastbound lanes), Ellis Avenue, Ellis Park Road, Olympus Avenue, Harcroft Road, and eastbound on Bloor Street between Harcroft and Parkside Drive.

    Lake Shore Boulevard between Parkside Drive and Net Drive (one eastbound lane) will remain open using a counterflow system (no through traffic - local access only) so that businesses and residents have access.

    10 p.m.: Full reopening

    Sunday, July 26: race walk (men's 50-kilometre race)

    1 a.m.: Full closure of all eastbound and westbound lanes on Lake Shore Boulevard between
    British Columbia Drive and Strachan Ave. Local access only past Strachan Avenue. All others, including spectators, will need to show their Games event ticket to gain access beyond this point.

    2 p.m.: Full reopening of all eastbound and westbound lanes on Lake Shore Boulevard.

    Friday, August 7: two-hour Parapan Am road cycling training closure

    11 a.m.: The closures will affect eastbound and westbound lanes on Lake Shore Boulevard,
    Parkside Drive, High Park Boulevard, Centre Road, Colborne Lodge Drive, West Road, westbound lanes of the Queensway between Colborne Lodge Drive and Ellis Avenue (two-way traffic will run in the eastbound lanes), Ellis Avenue, Ellis Park Road, and eastbound on Bloor Street between Ellis Park Road and Parkside Drive.

    Lake Shore Boulevard between Parkside Drive and Net Drive (one eastbound lane) will remain open using a counterflow system (no through traffic - local access only) so that businesses and residents have access.

    1 p.m.: Full reopening of all roads.

    Saturday, August 8: Parapan Am cycling - road race (men's and women's)

    1 a.m.: The closures will take affect eastbound and westbound lanes on Lake Shore Boulevard from Parkside Drive to Strachan Avenue, Parkside Drive, High Park Blvd, Centre Road, Colborne Lodge Drive, West Road, westbound lanes of the Queensway between Colborne Lodge Drive and Ellis Avenue (two-way traffic will run in the eastbound lanes), Ellis Avenue, Ellis Park Road, and eastbound on Bloor Street between Ellis Park Road and Parkside Drive.

    Lake Shore Boulevard between Parkside Drive and Net Drive (one eastbound lane) will remain open using a counterflow system (no through traffic - local access only) so that businesses and residents have access.

    6 p.m.: Full reopening of all roads.

    Photo by Martin Reis in the blogTO Flickr pool


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