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October 17, 2008
Weekend event and road closures in Toronto
There is one special event this weekend in Toronto that all residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy. Businesses in the affected area are open to pedestrian traffic, but some roads will be closed to motorists.

The public is encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable means of getting to their destinations.

The Toronto Marathon

The Toronto Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 19 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 to the east, Spadina Avenue to the west, Davenport Road to the south and Chaplin Crescent to the north.

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

• Queen’s Park/Queen’s Park Crescent/University Avenue will be closed from Bloor St. to Queen’s Quay. The end of the race is in 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 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about road closures, check with Transportation Services’ Road Info line at 416-599-9090 or visit the City’s website at

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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



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