Toronto continues popular major road closure program this weekend

Jul 16 2020, 12:24 pm

The City of Toronto is continuing its popular major road closure program this weekend, so cyclists and pedestrians can safely distance while exercising outdoors.

This weekend, the following ActiveTO Major Road closures will be in place from Saturday, July 18 at 6 am to Sunday, July 19 at 11 pm:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) will also be closed
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Leslie Street to just south of Woodbine Avenue (Kew Beach Avenue)
  • Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue

Parking lots at Sunnyside Park, Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, and Budapest Park will be closed all weekend during ActiveTO closures.

And, overnight parking is not permitted in these lots and any vehicles should be moved before midnight on Friday night.

The three major road closures. (City of Toronto)

According to the City, Popular recreational trails like the Martin Goodman Trail and the Lower Don Trail have been observed to be overcrowded, especially on warmer weekends.

Recurring short-term closures — on weekends and holidays — of major streets adjacent to these trails will be implemented to provide more space for walking and cycling, thus enabling practising physical distancing.

Normal weekend closures, except long weekends, will begin at 6 am on Saturdays until 11 pm on Sundays.

Also, public parking lots, such as those with access to parks and beaches, will not be accessible if they fall within the major road closure area.

City staff will continue to monitor adjacent routes and make adjustments as needed.

It’s important to note that other locations are being reviewed for closures for the following weekend and beyond.

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