The Olympic torch which started the day in Oshawa has begun to wind its way towards the downtown. Police are asking motorists to be patient throughout the afternoon as the relay heads south on Yonge St. into the city through Richmond Hill, Thornhill and North York and then to the Scarborough Town Centre. From there it will go to City Hall to be followed by fireworks and music between 7 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. For that celebration, Bay St. will be closed from Queen St. W. to Dundas St. W.; Hagerman St. will be shut from Elizabeth St. to Bay St.; Elizabeth St. remains to be cordoned off from Dundas St. W. to Hagerman St; Albert St, from Bay St. to James St; and James St. from Queen St. W. to Albert St. This afternoon, police say there will be traffic delays and brief rolling road closures along the route and that they will be tagging and towing illegally parked vehicles. But Const. Tony Vella says that as soon as the procession passes a given street or intersection, officers will reopen roads.
Here is the route:
Richmond Hill Start 12:26 p.m.:
Hwy 7 E at Exit 25 12:40 p.m.:
North on Valleymede Dr. West on Briggs Ave.
Follows west along Bantry Ave. 1:07 p.m.:
Red Maple Rd. and Bantry Ave.
South on Yonge St. Finish 1:34 p.m.:
Yonge St. at Hwy 407 Thornhill Start 1:34 p.m.:
South along Yonge St. Finish 1:52 p.m.:
Yonge St. and Morgan Ave. North York Start 1:52 p.m.:
South along Yonge St. 2:11 p.m.: Newtonbrook Plaza Finish 2:39 p.m.:
Willowdale Plaza Scarborough Start 2:54 p.m.:
South on Grangeway Ave., from Progress Ave. South on Town Centre Ct. Through Scarborough Town Centre West on Borough Dr. 3:03 p.m.:
South at Brian Harrison Way Finish 3:36 p.m.:
Brimley Rd. and Ellesmere Rd. Toronto Start 3:41 p.m.:
Ellesmere Rd., west of Warden Ave. Follows west onto York Mills Rd. 4:21 p.m.:
York Mills and Leslie St. South along Yonge St. 5:18 p.m.:
Lawrence Park South on Yonge St. 6:06 p.m.: Bloor St. and Yonge St. 6:16 p.m.:
West on College St. from Yonge St. South on Elizabeth St. West on Elm St. 6:28 p.m.:
North on University Ave. East on Gerrard St. W South on Yonge St. West on Queen St. W Finish 7 p.m.:
Old City Hall
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