Prepare for lots of traffic on Toronto roads this weekend
As the temperature rises in Toronto so too do the number of road closures. It's a busy weekend, with events all over the city that you'd be smart to avoid unless you plan on attending. And, of course, there's a subway closure as well.
The most significant event-related closure is for the annual Taste of Little Italy street festival, which will shut down College Street from Bathurst to Shaw streets starting at 6 p.m. on Friday and going until 3 a.m. on Monday. This one is very busy, so even cyclists and pedestrians should take note.
Queen Street West is going to be a mess for drivers most of the weekend, as set up for the MMVAs takes place. John St. is already closed south to Richmond Street, and lane reductions are in place along Queen. As of 4 p.m. on Sunday, the area surrounding the building will be completely shut down to traffic.
Out front of Union Station, Luminato's Neighbourhood Food Festival will close Front Street between Bay and York streets from 7 p.m. on Friday to 11 p.m. on Sunday.
Sunday brings more closures with the Yorkville Exotic Car Show closing down Bloor Street between Avenue Road and Bay Street from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Adding to the congestion in the area, the Journey to Conquer Cancer will close University Avenue between Bloor and Wellington street from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
On the TTC front, there's a weekend-long closure on Line 1, but only between St. Clair West and Downsview, which should mitigate its impact areas further to the south that are already clogged via road closures. Shuttle buses will be running.
Oh, and lest you forgot, streetcar service will be suspended from St. Clair West Station to Gunn's Loop starting this weekend, as the TTC begins work to update passenger platforms along the route to accommodate the new streetcars. Buses will pick up the slack, but that will make the street downright packed.
Plan ahead, and stay patient Toronto.
Photo of the MMVAs by Dylan Leader.
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