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NEED TO KNOW: Road closures for Toronto Pan Am Games opening & closing ceremonies

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jul 10th, 2015

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After years of planning and investment, the moment the city and the world has been waiting for has arrived, with the opening ceremony for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Pan American Games on Friday.

Around 40,000 spectators are expected to attend the opening ceremony that includes more than 6,000 athletes from 41 countries and territories, 625 performers, and 600 volunteers.

But, as with any event in the city — big or small — several road closures will be in effect, and Torontonians are being asked to plan ahead.

Temporary road closures start on Thursday in the downtown core for the opening ceremony, and as the torch makes its way from Pearson International Airport to the city on Friday.

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Click here for an interactive map of the torch relay route.

The relay is scheduled to start at 9:10 a.m. and ends on the city’s waterfront at Harbourfront Centre at 2:30 p.m., where the relay began on May 30.

Road closures will be in place around the Rogers Centre for both the opening and closing ceremonies, and along Lake Shore Boulevard for the opening ceremony.

Road closures

  • Bremner Boulevard, from Navy Wharf to Simcoe Street, on Thursday-Friday and July 26, from 3 p.m. to midnight on all three days.
  • Eastbound Front Street West from John Street to Simcoe Street, from noon on Thursday to 1 a.m. on Saturday. The two westbound lanes will be converted for two-way traffic.
  • Wellington Street, from Church Street to John Street, on July 10 and July 26, from 5:45 p.m. to midnight on both days.
  • Rees Street on July 10 and 26, from 3 p.m. to midnight on both days.

Click here for a detailed list of road closures in effect on Friday.

Other closures

  • Front Street south side sidewalk from Simcoe to John Street on July 10 and July 26, from 1 p.m. to midnight on both days.
  • Rogers Centre stairs, east of Gate 2, will be barricaded at the top and bottom on Thursday-Friday and July 26, from 3 p.m. to midnight on all three days.
  • Rogers Centre underground parking (south side of Bremner Boulevard) on July 10 and July 26.
  • John Street Bridge on Thursday-Friday and July 26 from noon to midnight on all three days.

City officials and Pan Am organizers are encouraging residents and tourists to take transit, as it is free for anyone who has a ticket to an event on that day.

Also, Chris Upfold said the TTC will announce a brand new electronic day-pass you can buy on smartphones starting on Wednesday.

With the changes in roadways and an increase in pedestrians on city streets, Toronto police are reminding drivers and cyclists to slow down.

The Pan Am Games runs until July 26, followed by the Parapan Am Games Aug. 7-15.

Helpful links

Click here to get daily road closure updates near events and for advice on how to avoid delays.

For those going to a event, click here for road closures, trip planners, venue and HOV maps, public transit information and more.

For those using transit, visit triplinx.ca to plan your trip.

Drivers can download the the trip planner app for real-time traffic information and route options.

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