Caribbean carnival, roadwork to hinder traffic

Motorists around the Toronto area are facing delays this weekend as some key festivals as well as major road work are expected to snarl traffic.

Motorists around the Toronto area are facing delays this weekend as some key festivals as well as major road work are expected to snarl traffic.

A number of events and some construction will affect traffic in downtown Toronto over the weekend. ((Canadian Press))

"Two special events this coming weekend will involve road closures," the city said in a release.

"Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy the events. Businesses in the affected areas are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to motorists."

About a million people are expected to jump up and get down to Caribbean sounds as the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto — formerly known as the Caribana Parade — winds its way through a section of downtown Saturday.

Although festivities are scheduled for throughout the Greater Toronto Area over the weekend, the big parade takes place on Saturday.  

From Saturday, July 30, at 1:30 a.m. until Sunday, July 31 at 6 a.m., Lake Shore Boulevard will be closed in both directions from Colborne Lodge Drive to Strachan Avenue.

And on Sunday, parts of Kensington Market will be closed for Kensington Pedestrian Sundays.

The streets affected by the popular event include on Sunday from 12 noon to 7 p.m. are:

  • Augusta Avenue, from Dundas Street West to College Street,
  • Kensington Avenue, from Dundas Street West to Baldwin Street,
  • Baldwin Street, from parking garage to Augusta Avenue,
  • St. Andrew Street, from parking garage to Kensington Avenue.

Meanwhile, a series of road closures for construction are also expected to test drivers' patience.

"There is a significant amount of road work taking place in the city this summer. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations," the city said.

"If you need to drive in event areas, allow extra time to get to and from your destination."