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October 14, 2010
Weekend road closures in Toronto
The Toronto Marathon this Sunday will result in road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy the event. Businesses in the affected areas will be open to pedestrians 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 this year. 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 event areas, allow extra time to get to and from your destination.

Toronto Marathon - Sunday closures and intermittent delays:
All of the following closures and lane restrictions related to the Toronto Marathon will occur on Sunday, October 17. The race will begin 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 to the east, Spadina Avenue to the west, Davenport Road to south and Chaplin Crescent to 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 West to Queen’s Quay. The end of the race is in Queen’s Park. That area will be reopened at 5 p.m.

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

More information about the marathon is available at

Reminder - Don Valley Parkway closure
The northbound lanes of the Don Valley Parkway will be closed from the Gardiner Expressway to Eglinton Avenue East for surface paving work from Saturday, October 16 at 2 a.m. to Sunday, October 17 at 5 p.m.

A more complete list of events and road work is available at

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Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Senior Communications Co-ordinator, 416-392-4391,



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