Category: What's On Published on Saturday, 04 August 2012 12:28 Written by Tapa Menon
The festival will require numerous road closures, restrictions which will lead to delays and congestion in the immediate area of the parade.
The following Gardiner Expressway ramps will be closed at 12:30 a.m., on Saturday, August 4, 2012.
- Eastbound Gardiner Expressway exit to Jameson Avenue,
- Jameson Avenue and British Columbia entrance ramps to eastbound Gardiner Expressway,
- Westbound Gardiner Expressway to Dunn Avenue exit rampThe following closure will start at 1:30 a.m., on Saturday August 4, 2012:
- Westbound Lake Shore Boulevard West will be closed to traffic from Strachan Avenue to Parkside Drive
- Eastbound Lake Shore Boulevard West will be closed from Colborne Lodge to Strachan Avenue
Restricted Access Points:
In order to assist the safe movement of traffic and to provide for as little disruption as possible to residents, the following streets will have a restricted access, for vehicles:
- Dufferin Street south of King Street West
- Dowling Avenue south of King Street West
- Stadium Road south of Lake Shore Boulevard West
- Queens Quay West west of Bathurst Street
- Springhurst Avenue west of Jameson Avenue
- Springhurst Avenue east of Jameson Avenue
Other streets, although not restricted to vehicles, will be strictly enforced for parking infractions. Those streets are bounded by King Street West, east of Colborne Lodge and west of Bathurst Street
Bathurst Street closure:
Vehicle access west of Bathurst Street on Fleet Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West may be closed after the parking lots at Ontario Place and Exhibition Place Gore lots are full. This closure will be determined by need.
Toronto Transit Commission vehicles must have free movement during this event.
There will be a temporary TTC bus stop on the south side of Lake Shore Boulevard West near the Palais Royale/Sunnyside Foot Bridge, for express buses to the Keele Street subway station. Approximately 25 buses will be put on this route starting at 8:40 a.m.
There will be a temporary TTC bus stop on the south side of the westbound lanes of Lake Shore Boulevard West, between Dunn Avenue and Jameson Avenue, for express buses to the Bloor Street West subway line. There will not be a southbound drop-off at Jameson Avenue and Springhurst Avenue. All drop-offs, and pickups will be made on the westbound lanes of Lake Shore Boulevard West just east of Jameson Avenue.
TTC service to and from the east end of the event will be through the Manitoba Drive/Strachan Avenue area of Exhibition Place.
TTC will stop at Strachan Avenue/Fleet Street, to enable any passengers attending venues at Ontario Place to exit at this location.
TTC must also have unobstructed access at Springhurst Avenue/Dufferin Street. Illegally parked vehicles and obstructing vendors will be removed.
Ontario Place VIP Venue or Parking Access
All access to Ontario Place will be through Remembrance Drive at Lake Shore Boulevard/Strachan Avenue. Vehicles exiting Ontario Place will do so only at Lake Shore Boulevard West and Ontario Place Boulevard and will travel eastbound on Lake Shore Boulevard West only.
Disabled Parking will be at the Direct Energy Centre in the within the CNE grounds
Enter via Manitoba Drive/Strachan Avenue then south on Canada Boulevard to the entrance ramp of the Direct Energy Centre.
Valid disabled parking permit must be shown.
All vehicles including tour buses, parked illegally on:
- Lake Shore Boulevard West (including the grassed area)
- Bathurst Street
- Fleet Street
- King Street West
- Queen Street West
- Roncesvalles Avenue
- Dufferin Street
- The Queensway
- Gardiner Expressway
will be tagged and towed.
Vehicles parked illegally in the Parkdale and Stadium Road areas will be tagged and towed.
The Gardiner Expressway is a restricted-access highway which will be patrolled to ensure that vehicles are not parked adjacent to the parade route and pedestrians do not enter the highway area. Drivers who choose to stop or drive in a manner that puts other road-users at risk will be subject to strict enforcement.
Due to the large number of visitors and continuous events that occur with the festival, intermittent road closures may occur throughout the downtown core in the evenings and nights of Friday, August 3, 2012 to Sunday, August 5, 2012 in the interest of public safety.
Historically, Yonge Street and the Entertainment District access has been restricted in the evenings and overnight.
Motorists are advised to be aware of alternative routes before heading into the downtown or Entertainment District areas to avoid delays.