As we head into the first weekend of August, there are several scheduled events and festivals taking place throughout the city that will involve road closures.
For anyone driving in the city, be sure to give yourself some extra time to get to your destination.
Here’s what to prepare for:
Toronto Caribbean Carnival
Lake Shore Boulevard West will be closed in both directions from Colborne Lodge Drive to Bathurst Street on Saturday, August 4 at 2 am until Sunday, August 5 at 6 am.
Strachan Avenue between Lake Shore Boulevard and Fleet Street/Manitoba Drive will also be closed during this period. There will be no access to the Gardiner Expressway’s Jameson/Dunn on-ramps and the off-ramp exits will be closed.
Senhor da Pedra Festival
Grace Street will be closed from Mansfield Avenue to Dundas Street West on Saturday, August 4 from 1 pm to 11:30 pm and Sunday, August 5 from 1:30 pm to midnight.
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, 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.