Driving through the east of downtown will be slightly different from now on.
The City of Toronto is changing the peak-period parking and turning restrictions on some sections of Queen Street east of Parliament Street as well as along Broadview Avenue and Kingston Road to help minimize traffic congestion and improve the flow of streetcars and other traffic.
Similar changes have already been made on some areas along King, Queen, Dundas and College Streets, according to the City. As for the new regulations, they will extend stopping, standing and turning restrictions during morning and afternoon peak traffic periods.
The changes go into effect this week, and the City has started to install new signs to reflect the no stopping and no parking regulations.
The following changes are being made to weekday no stopping hours:
• Eastbound Queen Street East between Woodbine Avenue and Wineva Avenue: extended from current 4 to 6 p.m. to new hours of 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
• Eastbound Queen Street East between Carroll Street and Broadview Avenue: extended from current 4 to 6 p.m. to new 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
• Northbound Broadview Avenue between Millbrook Crescent and Danforth Avenue: extended from current 4 to 6 p.m. to new 4 to 6:30 p.m.
• Eastbound Kingston Road between Glen Manor Drive and Victoria Park Avenue: extended from current 4 to 6 p.m. to new 3 to 7 p.m.
• Westbound Kingston Road between Scarborough Road and Main Street/Southwood Drive: extended from current 7 to 9 a.m. to new 7 to 10 a.m.
The revised traffic regulations will help to improve the speed and reliability of streetcars, as well as the flow of general traffic, according to the City.