A huge construction project closes the streets of the city center. Here are the road closures in Toronto this weekend

The start of a huge construction project in Toronto will close more downtown streets over the next six weekends, leaving Torontonians increasingly frustrated with ongoing closures and the resulting traffic jam in the city. town.

“There are buildings everywhere. It’s so hard to get around this city and it’s hard to get around the city by any mode of transportation,” Matti Siemiatycki, a professor at the University of Toronto’s School of Cities, told CP24 on Friday.

As of 7 a.m. Friday, a portion of Yonge Street was closed to begin partial demolition work on the Metrolinx Bridge.

The city says traffic lanes, bike lanes and sidewalks will be closed on Yonge Street from Lake Shore Boulevard to Front Street until 11 p.m. Oct. 30 for the demolition of the bridge. Access to Yonge Street from the westbound Gardiner off-ramp will also be closed.

In addition, northbound and southbound vehicular traffic will be redirected to Lake Shore Boulevard and Front Street, respectively. Local access will be maintained on the west side of Yonge Street between Lake Shore Boulevard and the south end of the Metrolinx Bridge.

The city says the closure will take place every weekend until early December.

“It’s difficult to get around by car with all the construction. It is difficult by public transport. We have main streets like College Street where you can’t even take a tram. It’s hard to ride a bike with many bike lanes removed by condo construction, and it’s hard to walk with many blocked sidewalks,” Siemiatycki said.

Last week, the city announced the start of another major construction project on Adelaide Street through the spring of next year for work on the Ontario Line subway extension.

A commuter, who identified herself as Loraine, told CP24 she hopes Mayor John Tory does something soon to address all the construction chaos in the city.

“I’m tired of this city, everything is happening at the same time. Why don’t they do things right? But the whole city is like closed now… I am an elderly person, it took me four buses to get to my destination, which took me one (bus) in 20 minutes,” she said.

Another unidentified commuter said getting around the city took almost double the time it normally would take to get around.

“It seems like no matter where you go, no matter what route you choose or what app you choose to navigate, there’s work going on no matter where you go. It all takes one and a half to three times more time to get from point A to point B.”

Meanwhile, some residents are more understanding about the closures and grateful there are options for getting around the city.

“I have the impression that this is the case in any city. At least here we have public transport that goes underground and is not on the road, so you can get around properly,” a commuter who identified herself as Annie told CP24.

Although the closures are a headache for many commuters, Siemiatycki said most of the city’s building efforts need to happen as soon as possible.

“We have been out of maintenance for a very long time and we are catching up. We did some of the construction during the pandemic, but now we are at a point where we have to continue and all of this construction is what is needed to keep the city in good shape,” he said.

“I would just encourage people to come back to the idea that this build is what it takes if we want this city to keep running. And we know what the city looks like when we’re not doing that job. The city is starting to look in tatters, which is something people complain about a lot during elections as well,” he added.

Below is a list of other road closures and restrictions underway in Toronto and beyond this weekend (October 28-30).

Event road closures

  • Danforth Avenue between Broadview Avenue and Donlands Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 30 for the Oxi Day Parade.
  • Church Street between the north side of Carlton Street and the south side of Gloucester Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6 p.m. October 31 to 2 a.m. November 1 for the Halloween on Church event.

Site closures

Starting this weekend, closures will be in effect for the partial demolition of the Metrolinx Bridge on Yonge Street.

Traffic lanes, bike lanes and sidewalks on Yonge Street, from Lake Shore Boulevard to Front Street, will be closed from 7 a.m. on October 28 until 11 p.m. on October 30. Access to Yonge Street from the westbound Gardiner off-ramp will also be closed.

Northbound and southbound vehicular traffic will be redirected to Lake Shore Boulevard and Front Street, respectively. Local access will be maintained on the west side of Yonge Street between Lake Shore Boulevard and the south end of the Metrolinx Bridge.

This closure is scheduled for the next six weekends to complete the demolition of the bridge.

Other construction closures this weekend include:

  • Access to Lake Shore Boulevard East via northbound Parliament Street will be closed until 9 p.m. on October 30 for continued gas line work. A westbound lane will be maintained through the intersection. Northbound and southbound traffic will be redirected to Lake Shore Boulevard East and Front Street East, respectively.
  • The Esplanade between Market Street and Church Street will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 30 for crane lifting operations.
  • Yonge Street between Maitland Street and Alexander Street will be fully closed from 7 p.m. October 28 to 5 a.m. October 31 to facilitate the erection and dismantling of a mobile crane and the removal of the tower crane at 480 St. Yonge.
  • Rees Street from Bremner Boulevard to Lake Shore Boulevard West is closed to vehicular traffic until 6 p.m. Oct. 28 for the lifting of ancillary equipment by Toronto Hydro.
  • Adelaide Street, from west of Simcoe Street to Bay Street, is reduced to a shared lane and the intersection of University Avenue and Adelaide Street is reduced to one lane in each direction for construction work majors. There will also be a partial closure of the intersection on Adelaide Street at Simcoe Street with no through traffic south of Adelaide.
  • Effective the week of October 31, Adelaide Street from Widmer Street to Simcoe Street will be reduced to a shared lane and there will be partial intersection closures at Widmer Street, John Street and Duncan Street.

RESTRICTIONS QEW AND HURONTARIO ST. CLOSING

There will be traffic restrictions and closures this weekend along the QEW at Hurontario Street for work on the future Hazel McCallion line.

Beginning October 28 at 10 p.m., traffic will be reduced to two lanes in each direction and diverted from the freeway to Hurontario Street at the stop and on the ramps before returning to the QEW freeway.

There will be no QEW Highway access on the Hurontario Street ramps and QEW Highway access will be detoured to Cawthra Road.

All roadways will reopen on October 31 at 5 a.m.

Closing works of the TTC tramway tracks

The following road closures are currently in effect until mid-November to accommodate the replacement of the TTC streetcar track.

  • College Street, between Borden Street and Spadina Avenue, is reduced to one eastbound lane.
  • College Street, from St. George Street to University Avenue, is reduced to one lane westbound.
  • Southbound University Avenue at College Street will be reduced to one lane on November 1.
  • The intersection of King Street West and Shaw Street is completely closed.
  • Traffic lanes on Queens Park, between Bloor Street West and Queen’s Park Crescent, are being reduced to allow for the installation of lifts at Museum Station.
  • The Queensway has a reduced number of lanes in both directions, between Parkside Drive and the King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles intersection. Eastbound left turns are not permitted between the Queensway and Glendale Avenue.
  • Roncesvalles Avenue is closed from Queen Street West to Harvard Avenue.
  • Wellington Street, from Church Street to Yonge Street, is reduced to one lane westbound. Scott Street, north of Wellington Street, is closed to all vehicle traffic.

Metrolinx Closures

This weekend, construction-related service changes will impact service on the Lakeshore West, Lakeshore East and Barrie GO train lines.

  • Lakeshore West trains will run hourly between Union Station and West Harbor GO Station. Connection times between Lakeshore East and West trains will be longer.
  • Trains will run at slightly different times on the Lakeshore East line to accommodate work on the Lakeshore West line.
  • Niagara Falls trains and bus routes 12, 15 and 18 will operate on slightly different schedules.
  • There will be hourly GO train service on the Barrie line between Union and Aurora GO stations with no trains between Aurora GO and Allandale Waterfront GO. Buses will replace some of the canceled rail services.

Passengers are encouraged to check GO Transit schedules and plan their trips by visiting the GO Transit website.

No TTC service interruption is planned this weekend.

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