News Release
September 16, 2021

The City of Toronto will fully close Allen Road this weekend, starting Friday, September 17 at 11 p.m. until Monday, September 20 at 5 a.m. The closure will extend from Eglinton Avenue West to Sheppard Avenue West, including all on/off ramps at Allen Road and Highway 401.

A full closure of Allen Road for one weekend is an important and safe way that City road crews, engineers and stakeholders, as well as those of Toronto Hydro and can make improvements and keep the expressway in the best state of good repair.

Allen Road spans 7.5 kilometres and provides important north-south access for approximately 80,000 vehicles during weekday peak periods. It’s important that the roadway and nearby infrastructure be maintained for the safety and efficiency of those who rely on it.

Traffic signals around the roadway will be actively adjusted to enhance traffic flow on nearby routes and additional signage has been placed to help notify and detour drivers. Those planning to drive in the area this weekend should expect delays, are encouraged to plan their trips ahead, leave plenty of extra time and consider using public transit where possible.

City staff estimate that it would take approximately 20 to 30 separate days with lane closures to complete the same amount of highly coordinated work performed in one single weekend.

Some specific activities that are expected to be undertaken during the closure include:

  • Grinding and paving at nine locations along Allen Road
  • Crack sealing and repairs
  • Concrete and pothole repairs
  • Three new access ramp gate installations
  • Bridge inspections and repairs
  • Inspection of TTC infrastructure
  • Sign inspection and maintenance
  • Inspection of traffic loops used for monitoring congestion
  • Weed and litter removal
  • Catch basin cleaning and repairs
  • Street sweeping and debris removal
  • Guiderail repairs
  • Inspection and repair of CRASH systems that help cushion and redirect vehicles from barricades and barriers
  • Graffiti removal
  • Inspection of light standards and bulb replacement

Motorists can use Keele Street, Dufferin Street, Avenue Road and Bathurst Street as alternative routes during the weekend closure.

A map is available to residents and visitors to help make travel plans

In addition, the City’s T.O. INview map shows planned capital construction work taking place across the city. T.O. INview can be accessed at

Details about Allen Road are available at

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