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May 12, 2011
Weekend event and road closures in Toronto
One special event this weekend - the Toronto Marathon - will involve road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy this event. Businesses in the affected areas 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. If you need to drive in the general vicinity of special events, allow extra time to get to and from your destination. A more complete list of events and road work is available at

The Toronto Marathon

Sunday closures and intermittent delays:

The Toronto Marathon will take place on Sunday, May 15 and all closures and lane restrictions will occur on that day. The race begins at the North York Civic Centre at 8 a.m. (road closures begin at 6 a.m.) and the main segment of the race will take place on Yonge Street from Finch Avenue to Bloor Street.

• Some lane restrictions will take place in the area bounded by Yonge Street in the east, Spadina Avenue in the west, Davenport in the south and Chaplin Crescent in the north.

• There will be some intermittent lane closures along Queen’s Quay from York Street to Bathurst Street. There will also be some partial closures of Lake Shore Boulevard, from Bathurst Street to Windermere Avenue, on an intermittent basis.

• Queen’s Park/Queen’s Park Circle/University Avenue will be closed from Bloor Street to Queen’s Quay. The race ends at Queen’s Park. This area will be reopened at 4 p.m.

• To accommodate the Toronto Marathon and the closure of the Bayview/Bloor ramps, Bayview Avenue will be closed between Pottery Road and Rosedale Valley Road between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

More information about the marathon is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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