The Gardiner Expressway, Toronto's main and more importantly busiest highway, is closing down for annual maintenance this weekend. The four day long closures begin tomorrow, Friday night, and last until early Monday morning.
While the Gardiner closure is going to create a massive headache for commuters and Torontonians alike, it's not the only thing creating a traffic nightmare. The Gardiner is only one of five major road closures happening in the city this weekend.
Thanks to construction, special events and even a movie shoot, some of Toronto's busiest roads are going to be partially shut down this weekend. While the Gardiner is definitely one of the longest of all the closures, these other four are going to be just as annoying.
Just like the Gardiner, Bay will be closed for the entire weekend, from 11 PM on Friday night to 5 AM on Monday morning. The closure, due to a construction crane being set up in the area, will happen between Richmond and Adelaide Streets.
Also caused by a crane in the area, Bloor St. will be closed from Yonge St. to Balmuto. The closure starts this Friday at 9 PM and lasts all weekend until Sunday at midnight.
This is one of the shorter closures on the list but still is inconvenient. Queen St. will be closed between Yonge and Bay Streets from 10 AM to 10 PM on Sunday, November 4th for the Hudson Bay's holiday window reveal.
Thanks to a movie shoot happening downtown, York St. will be closed right down by Union Station, between Front and Wellington. The closure will also be on Sunday, November 4th from 7 AM until 7 PM.
Toronto's road closures will have a huge impact on traffic all weekend long, but the worst day for them, when all 5 closures will be happening at the same time is on Sunday, November 4th.
While the city recommends using other roads or public transit to get around, on that day it's probably in your best interest to avoid the city altogether.