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G20 security means major road closures

Traffic and perimeter restrictions for G20

TORONTO, Ont. – Officials have released details on how the upcoming G20 summit in Toronto will impact motorists travelling between Pearson International Airport and the downtown core.

Motorists will be forced to deal with periodic road closures and traffic delays to accommodate motorcades to and from the airport and into the downtown area.

The planned closures will take place days leading up to the G20, which takes place June 26-27.

Starting on June 24, parts of Highway 401, the QEW, Gardiner Expressway, Highway 427 and Don Valley Parkway will be impacted by frequent and complete closures.

Most of the closures will take place inbound toward the downtown core on June 24- 26 and outbound on June 27.

Police said motorists should expect major delays and try to avoid these routes. They recommend using public transit.

Ontario Provincial Police told 680News up to 70 motorcades carrying world leaders will be travelling into Toronto.

“You could be looking at a 25-minute delay before we can clear up that 15 minutes closure,” OPP Sgt. Dave Woodford told 680News. “It could be 45 minutes before we get that traffic back to normal again.”

Flights are not expected to be cancelled because of the summit, but police advise that travellers should allow plenty of extra time to get to the airport.

There will also be road restrictions in the security zone around the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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