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August 30, 2017
Intersection of York Street and Harbour Street in downtown Toronto closed this weekend for road reconstruction
Work continues on the construction of the new traffic ramp from the Gardiner Expressway to Lower Simcoe Street. As part of the project, Harbour Street needs to be reconstructed and widened. To complete that work, beginning on Friday, September 1 at 9 p.m. and extending to Tuesday, September 5 at 5 a.m., there will be no through-traffic on York Street between Harbour Street and Queens Quay Boulevard.

Lower Simcoe will be reduced to one lane in both directions (northbound and southbound) through Harbour Street during the closure. The east sidewalk of Lower Simcoe and the cycle lanes will be closed. Eastbound traffic in the area must use Spadina Avenue or Rees Street to travel north or south to then travel east. The eastbound Rees Street on-ramp will remain open, along with the westbound lanes on Lake Shore Boulevard West.

Enhanced signage will inform drivers of the road closure and help manage traffic in the area.

Extended hours involving 24/7 operations will be used for this project throughout the weekend. The public is advised that this work will be brightly lit, loud and disruptive. The noise level is expected to be less disruptive then the ramp demolition work that was completed last spring.

During this closure, pedestrian and cyclist access to the area will be restricted. Pedestrians and cyclists are advised to use alternative routes such as Bremner Boulevard, Rees Street and York Street. The Lake Shore Boulevard West multi-use trail remains closed from Rees Street to York Street and will remain closed for the duration of the project. Cyclists are advised to use the Martin Goodman Trail on Queens Quay West.

The City has a web-based map to help residents and visitors make their travel plans, available at Information about the City's planned capital construction work is available at

This work is part of the City's comprehensive, co-ordinated strategy to rehabilitate and upgrade Toronto's roads, transit and underground infrastructure for current and future needs.

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