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May 1, 2013
Road closures Sunday to accommodate Toronto Marathon
One special event this weekend will involve road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon. Businesses in the areas affected are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.

Festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents.

In addition to road closures related to special events, there is a significant amount of road work taking place in the city. 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 destination. A more complete list of events and road work is available at

GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon - Sunday closures and delays
The marathon will take place on Sunday, May 5, and all closures and lane restrictions described below will occur that day. The race begins at the North York Civic Centre at 7:30 a.m. but road closures begin at 5 a.m. The main segment of the race will take place on Yonge Street from Finch Avenue to Davenport Road.

Some lane restrictions will take effect in the area bounded by Bayview Avenue in the east, South Kingsway in the west, Lake Shore Boulevard in the south and Finch Avenue in the north.

To accommodate the marathon, a number of ramps on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Gardiner Expressway eastbound off-ramp to Jarvis Street: access to Jarvis Street will be closed; access to Lake Shore Boulevard will remain open.
- Gardiner Expressway westbound off-ramp at Spadina: access to westbound Lake Shore Boulevard will be closed.
- Gardiner Expressway westbound on-ramp to Spadina: access to westbound Lake Shore Boulevard will be closed.
- Don Valley Parkway Bayview/Bloor off-ramp to southbound Bayview Avenue will be closed.

The route map and roads in the vicinity of the marathon that will remain open are available at

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