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Road closures part and parcel of fun Toronto weekend events

CityNews | posted Friday, Aug 14th, 2015

As Toronto bids farewell to the Parapan Am Games on Saturday, there’s one last reminder of the games: road closures will be in place for the closing ceremony as well as for numerous festivals and events around town.

TTC riders will also face a late opening on a portion of Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) on Sunday, and a streetcar diversion on the 510 Spadina line all weekend long.

Road closures

Parapan Am closing ceremony
The closing ceremony at Nathan Phillips Square, which starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, features musical performances and a hand-off to the 2019 Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru.

The following roads will be closed:

  • Bay Street from Queen to Dundas streets from 4 p.m. to midnight
  • Wellington Street from Church Street to University Avenue from 5 p.m. until midnight
  • Front Street from Church to Parliament streets from 5 p.m. until midnight
  • James and Albert streets from 4 p.m. to midnight
  • University Avenue northbound will be reduced to two lanes from Queen to Armoury streets from 8 a.m. to midnight

Those who live in the Pan Am Athletes Village area, near Cherry and Front streets, may encounter some traffic delays from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Wheels on the Danforth and Fun in the Park

Parts of Danforth Avenue and Danforth Road will be closed in both directions from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday:

  • Danforth Avenue from Byng to Leyton avenues
  • Danforth Avenue from Leyton to Warden avenues
  • Danforth Road from Landry to Danforth avenues

International Street Festival
The York-Eglinton event takes place on Saturday and Sunday.

Eglinton Avenue will be closed from Dufferin Street to Marlee Avenue from 2 a.m. on Saturday to 2 a.m. on Monday.

Festival of South Asia
The Indian bazaar will be held on Gerrard Street between Greenwood and Coxwell avenues on Saturday and Sunday.

Gerrard from Glenside to Coxwell avenues will be closed from 10 a.m. on Saturday to 2 a.m. on Monday.

Fusion of Taste

The festival, which features South Asian, Chinese, Thai and West Indian food, dance, art, tapestry and jewelry, takes place on Sunday at Albion Road and Islington Avenue in Etobicoke.

Islington from Albion Road to Wardlaw Crescent will be closed from 6 a.m. on Sunday to 1 a.m. on Monday.

Open Streets Toronto
A portion of Bloor and Yonge streets will become “paved parks” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, open to people who want to walk, dance, practice their sun salutations, skip, hula hoop, bike, and other fun activities.

Bloor Street from Spadina Avenue/Road to Parliament Street, and Yonge Street from Bloor to Queen streets will be closed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Motorists will be able to cross Bloor at Spadina, Avenue, Bay, Ted Rogers Way, and Church, Sherbourne and Parliament streets. Vehicles will be able to cross Yonge at College Street/Carlton Street, and Gerrard, Dundas, Shuter and Queen streets.

TTC closures

Line 1 late opening on Sunday

Subways won’t be running for most of Sunday on Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) between St. Clair West and Lawrence West stations due to emergency repairs by Toronto Hydro.

The work is expected to take between 10-12 hours, and service won’t be up and running until around 4 p.m. Shuttle buses will be running.

Streetcar diversion

The 510 Spadina streetcars will be on diversion via College and Bathurst streets from 5 a.m. on Saturday to 5 a.m. on Monday for emergency streetcar track repairs in the tunnel leading to Spadina Station.

The streetcar platform will also be closed. Riders can board replacement buses inside the bus bay at street level.


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