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May 2, 2017
Lower Simcoe Street to be closed on weekend for ramp demolition work
Lower Simcoe Street between Queens Quay and Harbour Street in Toronto will be closed starting at 10 p.m. on Friday, May 5 and extending to 5 a.m. on Monday, May 8. The closure is necessary to safely remove sections of the old expressway ramp as part of the demolition of the entire ramp from the Gardiner Expressway to York/Bay/Yonge Streets.

The eastbound ramp from Rees Street to the Gardiner Expressway will also be closed overnight on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 – from midnight to 9 a.m. each of those dates.

During these closures, eastbound traffic on Lake Shore Boulevard/Harbour Street from Rees Street to York Street will be reduced to one through lane and one dedicated left-turn lane.
There will be no closures affecting traffic westbound on Lake Shore Boulevard.

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

Extended hours involving 24-hour operations will be in effect for this project throughout the weekend. The public is advised that this work will be brightly lit, loud and disruptive.

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 cycle tracks on Lower Simcoe Street will be closed through the intersection.

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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