It’s time to start planning your weekend, especially if you’re going to be using the TTC.
This weekend, the 30th annual Beaches International Jazz Festival will be taking over Queen Street East from Thursday to Saturday, causing various road closures.
Additionally, TTC signal upgrades will cause disruptions on Line 1.
On Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, there will be no subway service on Line 1 between Finch West and Lawrence West stations due to signal upgrades. Shuttle buses will operate between these stations for the duration of the closure.
Beaches International Jazz Festival
The 30th annual Beaches International Jazz Festival will be held on Queen Street East from Thursday, July 26 to Saturday, July 28 from 7 pm to 11 pm.
Queen Street East will be fully closed in both directions, from Woodbine Avenue to Beech Avenue, from 6 pm to 12 am.
TTC streetcars will divert around Queen Street East during these road closures, while modified bus service will be maintained on Woodbine Avenue and Main Street.
During the road closures, residents may access and exit their homes at the following locations:
- Residents living south of Queen Street East, from Balsam Avenue to Lee Avenue, buses are north and south on Lee Avenue, and south on Wineva Avenue.
- Residents living south of Queen Street East, from Waverley Road to Kippendavie Avenue, buses will travel south on Waverley Road and exit via Kew Beach Avenue at Woodbine Avenue.
Kenilworth Avenue, Kippendavie Avenue, Hambley Avenue, Hartford Avenue, and Herbert Avenue will be changed to two-way streets during road-closure times.
Vehicles in the area may experience traffic delays during the event and are advised to consider alternate routes.
Event officials say this event will proceed regardless of weather conditions.
Intersection Improvement Work
Additionally, the intersection of Woodbine Avenue and O’Connor Drive and a section of the O’Connor Bridge will be closed on four upcoming weekends.
The intersection of Woodbine Avenue and O’Connor Drive and the O’Connor Bridge from Glenwood Crescent to Woodbine Avenue will be fully closed on the following weekends:
- Friday, July 27 from 7 pm until Monday, July 30 at 6 am
- Friday, August 3 from 7 pm until Tuesday, August 7 at 6 am
- Friday, August 17 from 7 pm until Monday, August 20 at 6 am
- Friday, August 24 from 7 pm until Monday, August 27 at 6 am
During these weekends, work on this project will take place 24 hours a day, including overnight.
When these closures are in effect, road users are encouraged to consider alternate routes including Coxwell Avenue, Don Mills Road, Danforth Avenue, Victoria Park Avenue or Greenwood Avenue.
Signs will be posted to manage traffic in the area and to help ensure the safe travel of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
Temporary walkways will be provided during construction to allow pedestrians to safely make their way around the work zone.
Cyclists should dismount when the closures are in effect and walk around the intersection or consider an alternate route.
Some of the improvements to the intersection will include the construction of a right-turn lane to reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians as well as creating a left-turn bike box for cyclists to travel more easily from O’Connor Drive to the bike lanes on Woodbine Avenue.