Construction (long and short-term projects) and numerous events squeezed into a defined space = gridlock.
Highway, Street and Road closures are the norm for the City of Toronto when the weather warms up in Toronto. There are so many good causes, that cause the downtown core and the surrounding areas of the City to literally shut-down for motorists, that either live in, or are visiting the city.
Another weekend, another reason to avoid Toronto and the downtown core, given that a number of streets will be closed for another series of different events.
Seven (7) events, including the Toronto Challenge Run, will close roads around the city this weekend.
• Woofstock will affect roadways until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Expect closures on Front St. from Yonge St. to Jarvis St., and on Wellington St., from Church St. to Scott St. More closures will take place at Church St. from Colborne St. to The Esplanade, and on Market St., from Front St. to The Esplanade
• Queen’s Park from Bloor St W. to Queen’s Park Cres. will also be closed for Toronto Taste 2011 from Saturday at 8 p.m. to Monday at 6 a.m.
• On Saturday, the Ride to Conquer Cancer will shut down streets from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Lake Shore Blvd. from Strachan Ave. to Windemere Ave., and Windemere Ave. from Lake Shore Blvd. to The Queensway will be closed.
• Landsdowne Ave. will also be closed both ways Saturday from Bloor St. to College St. on Saturday for Portugal Day. The street will shut down from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
• Port Union Rd. will close in both directions south of Lawrence Ave., from Shoalhaven Dr. to Brigend St., for the Port Union Village Waterfront Festival on Saturday. The closure will last from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• On Sunday, The Festival on Bloor will close Bloor St. from Spadina Ave. to Bathurst St. from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Also Sunday, the Toronto Challenge Run will cause a spate of road shutdowns. Wellington St. will be closed in both directions from Simcoe St. to John St. from 8 a.m. to noon. There will also be closures during the event in the area bounded by Wellington St. in the north, Bathurst St. in the west, Queens Quay in the south and York St. to the east.
Also, Hwy. 401 will be closed overnight Saturday in both directions at Oshawa as crews remove a bridge. The closure will be in effect from midnight Saturday until 8 a.m. Sunday.