Toronto Traffic

April 21, 2006: Tonight the Gardiner will be closed for routine spring maintenance from Carlaw Avenue to the Humber River from 11:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. on Monday.

During the weekend of May 12, Don Valley Parkway will be closed for spring maintenance from Gardiner to 401, starting 11:00 p.m. on May 12 until 5:00 a.m. on May 14. In June, northbound lanes will be closed from the Gardiner to Don Mills for the Leaside Bridge project, starting at 2:00 p.m. on June 4 until 5:00 a.m. on June 5.

Westbound express lanes of Highway 401 will be reduced to two lanes from Jane Street to Kipling Avenue from April to November.

This summer may be particularly tough for motorists in Toronto. Numerous streets will be rebuilt, and, although the number of construction sites will not be much larger than last year, many of the projects will include major intersections.

One of the major projects will be the controversial construction of dedicated streetcar lanes on St. Clair Avenue West. That construction will not be completed until the end of 2007, or early 2008. The Queensway westbound lanes will be reconstructed this summer - they are in dire need of repair. Eastbound lanes were reconstructed last year, and with the new townhouses and condos being built there the street is busy. Some of the other projects will include Sheppard Avenue between Keele and Jane, Weston Road between 401 and Sheppard, McNicoll between Warden and Kennedy, Pharmacy south of Eglinton, Landsdowne between Bloor and College, Gerrard east of Coxwell, and the Lakeshore east of Browns Line towards Kipling.

Toronto has just four major highways, and the traffic is busy in normal circumstances. Any time there is a significant event, an accident, or lane closure for repairs, Toronto traffic gets seriously congested.

It is easier for residents, who know traffic patterns and alternative routes. It is much more difficult for visitors to Toronto, who don't know how the traffic flows, and how long will it take to arrive at their destination.

For your information, below is a link to a page which provides traffic camera views of the Gardiner and Don Valley Expressways. That page has also links to traffic cameras on the Highway 401 and Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW). Just click on the map below.

Toronto traffic cameras

It is an excellent source if you know ahead of time that you will be travelling on one of these highways, and need to arrive at a predetermined time.