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It's going to be a messy weekend for traffic in Toronto

As Toronto inches closer to the official start of summer, major road closures are starting to become a weekend fixture. There's plenty of construction to navigate around, but with street festival season ramping up, temporary closures will also make for some tricky driving in the city.

The main event to be aware of this weekend is Sunday's Ride for Heart, which shuts down both the Gardiner and the DVP. The former will be off-limits to cars between Carlaw Ave. and the Humber River, while the latter will be closed to traffic between the 401 and Gardiner.

With nearby events like Field Trip (Fort York) and the Mac and Cheese Festival (Ontario Place), you can expect traffic around Lake Shore Blvd. to be a crunch. I'd avoid these areas unless travelling by bike.

There will also be lane restrictions on the Gardiner around the Dowling Ave. Bridge, as crews continue to work on its replacement.

Off the highways, Broadview Avenue will be closed south of Queen for Riverside Eats & Beats on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Further east, the Riverdale Art Walk will bring an influx of people to the Queen and Booth area, though there are no street closures.

Finally, Pape Village Summerfest will close that street from Floyd Avenue to Cosburn Avenue on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those heading to the event should note that Line 2 is closed between Pape and St. George all day Saturday.

For the full list of road closures and restrictions, head to the City of Toronto's dedicated website.

Photo by Mary Crandall in the blogTO Flickr pool.


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