Road closures for events in Toronto this weekend

Two festival events along with Pan Am Games run and race-walk competitions will involve some road closures in Toronto this weekend. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy these events. Businesses in the areas involved will remain open as usual.

The Pan Am Games and other special events are important for Toronto, boosting the city’s economy and providing opportunities to showcase local communities. Whenever possible, residents and visitors are encouraged to consider carpooling, public transit, walking or cycling to get around this weekend and throughout the Games.

PrideHouse TO Celebrates Street Festival – all weekend
Church Street from Alexander Street to Dundonald Street will be closed to traffic on Friday, July 17 from 6 p.m. to Monday, July 20 at 2 a.m. for the street festival. The intersection of Church Street and Wellesley Street will remain open to traffic.

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival – junior parade on Saturday
A series of road closures will take place on Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate the route of the Caribbean Carnival’s junior/community parade in Scarborough. The parade will begin at the rear of 30 Sewells Rd., proceed west on McLevin Avenue to Neilson Road, north on Neilson Road to Neilson Park Drive, and east on Neilson Park Drive to the entrance of Neilson Park.

Pan Am women’s marathon – Saturday
Lake Shore Boulevard in both directions from Parkside Drive to Strachan Avenue will be closed 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parkside Drive from Lake Shore Boulevard to High Park Boulevard will also be closed from 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. Access to Ontario Place and the Gardiner Expressway will be maintained.

One eastbound lane of Lake Shore Boulevard between Parkside Drive and Net Drive will remain open using a counterflow system (no through traffic – local access only) to provide access for businesses and residents during the closure.

There will be a full closure of roads in High Park (Colborne Lodge Drive, Centre Road, West Road, Spring Road and High Park Boulevard) from midnight to 2 p.m.

There will also be cycling detours. From 1 a.m. until 2 p.m., some sections of the Martin Goodman Trail will be closed to bicycle traffic. Signage is in place along the 2.85-kilometre detour. Detour details:
- Cyclists travelling east must exit the trail at British Columbia Road/Lake Shore Boulevard and then take the detour route north on Dufferin Street, east on Liberty Street and south on Strachan Avenue to rejoin the Martin Goodman Trail at Coronation Park.
- Cyclists travelling west must exit the trail at Remembrance Drive at New Brunswick Way and then travel west on Lake Shore Boulevard, north on Ontario Drive to Princes’ Boulevard, west on Princes’ Boulevard to Saskatchewan Road, proceeding west on British Columbia Road to rejoin the Martin Goodman Trail at Marilyn Bell Park.

The women’s marathon race itself takes place from 7 to 11 a.m.

Pan Am 20-kilometre race walks – Sunday
Lake Shore Boulevard in both directions from British Columbia Drive to Strachan Avenue will be closed from 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 19 for the men’s and women’s 20-km race walks, which take place from 7 a.m. to noon.

During the Lake Shore Boulevard closure, local access only will be available past Strachan Avenue. All drivers, including spectators driving to events, will need to show their Games event ticket for access beyond Strachan Avenue.

Cycling detours associated with this Pan Am Games competition will involve the closure of some sections of the Martin Goodman Trail to bicycle traffic from 1 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday. Signage is in place along the 2.85-km detour. Details about detours for eastbound and westbound cyclists on Sunday are the same as the details above for Saturday.

More information about transportation related to the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games is available at toronto2015.org/transportation.

Festivals and other special events inject hundreds of millions of dollars annually into the city’s economy. In addition to road closures related to special events, a significant amount of road work is taking place in Toronto. 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.

The City has a web-based map to help residents and visitors make their travel plans, available at toronto.ca/roadrestrictions. Information about the City’s planned capital construction work, which also affects roads, is available at toronto.ca/inview.