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March 17, 2000
The Best Downtown Route For Weekend Activities
Works and Emergency Services - As March Break winds down, Toronto's downtown
core gears up for live music, sport and Mad Science entertainment. March 18
and 19, its Livin' La Vida Loca with heartthrob Ricky Martin at SkyDome, live
sports action at the Air Canada Centre with the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Atlanta
Thrashers (scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday), and Taking the World by Storm, a
special effects show from Mad Science at CN Tower (ends March 26).

Take your pick. But, whatever you get up to, plan your travel route ahead of
time. Due to the ongoing Toronto Transit Commission track construction for the
extension of the Harbourfront LRT, the eastbound lanes of Lake Shore Boulevard
will be closed at Bathurst Street this weekend, reopening Monday, March 20 at 6
a.m. Two lanes of westbound Lake Shore Boulevard will remain open. Eastbound
Lake Shore is open past Bathurst Street. Construction will continue at this
intersection until April 14, 2000, resulting in various traffic lane
restrictions on Lake Shore Boulevard.

Alternate routes to the downtown core include taking the Gardiner Expressway,
King Street, or Queen Street. People driving eastbound along Lake Shore
Boulevard can avoid traffic by diverting at Fleet Street to Bathurst Street or
Stadium Road to Queens Quay.

Toronto Transportation General Manager Dave Kaufman recommends "TTC is your
best bet for a stress-free, easy access ride to and from the core. If you're
driving down, please allow extra time and take alternate routes."

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