If you’re planning on driving in and around Toronto this weekend, you may want to reconsider that decision. Otherwise, you’ll most definitely need to pack your patience. Times are already tough on the congestion front, thanks to the perpetual construction on city streets and the start of the Gardiner Expressway’s three-year(!) lane reductions.

This weekend, the situation is about to get worse. Thanks to TV shoots, construction, a parade, and the Toronto Marathon, the city will see many road closures this weekend that will inevitably make for some maddening traffic.

Don Valley Parkway

From Friday night at 10pm to Saturday morning at 4:59am, drivers will find two lanes blocked on the southbound DVP at Lawrence Avenue for bridge rehabilitation. From Friday night at 10pm to Saturday morning at 4:59am, the Northbound Don Valley Parkway At Spanbridge Rd. will see two right lanes occupied due to bridge rehabilitation of four DVP bridges, cleaning and coating of structures. In the same timeframe, the southbound curb lane and shoulder of the Southbound Don Valley Parkway From Lawrence Ave E To Wynford Dr.blocked due to completing a test hole investigation. Similarly, the Northbound curb lane and shoulder of Northbound Don Valley Parkway From Danforth To Pottery Rd will be blocked due to completing a test hole investigation during the same time period. Finally, all weekend long, westbound Lawrence Ave over The Don Valley Parkway will see one westbound land blocked due to ongoing bridge rehabilitation.

Gardiner Expressway

On Sunday, the infamous Gardiner Expressway will see more closures when an additional westbound lane is closed overnight for the installation of a security fence. The closure will take place between Dowling Avenue and Riverside Drive and last until June 14, closing the lane between 11pm and 5am daily, Sunday to Thursdays. In the event of an event at Scotiabank Arena, Rogers Centre, BMO Field or the Budweiser Stage, the lane closure will begin at midnight.

Lake Shore Boulevard

Adding to the inconvenience of the Gardiner lane reductions, on Saturday between 6am and 4pm, driving restrictions will take place at the intersection of Lake Shore Boulevard and Bay Street for road restoration after a gas main installation. Furthermore, Bay Street will be closed between Richmond and Adelaide streets on Saturday between 7am and 3pm.

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The Toronto Marathon

The Toronto Marathon will shut down a good portion of the downtown core on Sunday morning, which will reopen as the marathon progresses. Here’s where it will impact:

  • Yonge Street between Churchill Avenue and Belmont Street
  • Spadina Road between Lonsdale Road and Austin Terrace
  • Rosedale Valley Road
  • Bayview Avenue
  • Eastern Avenue
  • Front Street East
  • Lake Shore Boulevard West

Etobicoke Khalsa Day parade:

A Sunday drive won’t be any easier in Etobicoke than Toronto, with multiple road closures between 10am and 8pm for the Khalsa Day Parade.

These are the roads you’ll need to avoid.

  • Eastbound lanes on Finch Avenue West between Humberline Drive and Woodbine Downs Boulevard.
  • Northbound lanes on Woodbine Downs Boulevard between Finch Avenue and Carrier Drive.
  • Morning Star Drive between Airport Road and Humberwood Boulevard.
  • Humberwood Boulevard from Morning Star Drive to Humberline Drive.
  • Humberline Drive from Humberwood Boulevard to Finch Avenue West.
  • Eastbound lanes on Carrier Drive between Woodbine Downs Boulevard and the Sikh Spiritual Centre at 9 Carrier Drive.
  • Vaudeville Drive will be closed between Father Redmond Way and Treeview Drive starting noon on Friday until 1am on Sunday for a television series shoot.

Other Closures

  • Cherry Street will be closed south of Polson Pier for maintenance on the Ship Channel Lift Bridge.
  • King Street will be closed between Mowat and Fraser Avenues for the replacement of TTC streetcar tracks all weekend and until May 21.
  • Queen’s Park Crescent will be closed between College Street and Bloor Street West on Sunday between 7am and 3pm for the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation Ceremony of Remembrance.
  • Bleecker Street will be closed between Carlton and Wellesley Streets on Saturday between 9am and 3pm.
  • Denison Road East will be closed between Weston Road and Jane Street for sewer work throughout the weekend and until May 7 daily between 7am and 7pm.