A special event in Toronto this weekend – the Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon – will involve some road closures on Sunday. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy this event. Businesses in the areas affected 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, a significant amount of road work is 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.
People who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destination. The City has a web-based map to help residents make their travel plans, at http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions.
Information about the City's planned capital construction work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/inview.
The road closures and lane restrictions described below will occur on the day of the marathon – Sunday, May 1.
The race will begin at the North York Civic Centre at 7:30 a.m. but road closures will begin earlier, at 6 a.m. The main segment of the race will take place on Yonge Street from Finch Avenue to Davenport Road.
Some lane restrictions will occur in the area bounded by Bayview Avenue in the east, South Kingsway in the west, Lake Shore Boulevard in the south and Finch Avenue in the north.
In addition, the following Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway ramps will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday:
- Gardiner Expressway eastbound ramp to Jarvis Street: access to Jarvis Street will be closed but access to Lake Shore Boulevard will remain open.
- Gardiner Expressway ramp to northbound Spadina: access to westbound Lake Shore Boulevard will be closed.
- Spadina ramp to the westbound Gardiner Expressway: access to westbound Lake Shore Boulevard will be closed.
- Don Valley Parkway Bayview/Bloor ramp: access to southbound Bayview Avenue will be closed.
The route map and identification of roads in the vicinity of the marathon that will remain open during the event are available at http://www.torontomarathon.com.