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Toronto traffic jams expected Thursday


The Buffalo Bills are in Toronto again.
The Buffalo Bills are in Toronto again.

Lisa Varano, staff writer

August 19, 2010 — It will be a miserable day on the roads in Toronto as major events and construction projects cause traffic headaches. Let us help you navigate the chaos.

Last time the Bills were here, fans had to bundle up against the cold.
Last time the Bills were here, fans had to bundle up against the cold.

If you need to go anywhere near downtown Toronto on Thursday afternoon or evening, plan ahead. You'll need to give yourself plenty of extra time to get around as extreme traffic congestion is expected.

The area around the Rogers Centre is the prime location to avoid. It will turn into gridlock as NFL fans jam into downtown to watch the Buffalo Bills play the Indianapolis Colts. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

This major sporting event won't be the only thing interrupting traffic. The Gardiner Expressway is down to two lanes in both directions at Jameson Avenue for ongoing construction.

As drivers try to avoid that problem spot, alternate routes like The Queensway and Lake Shore Boulevard will no doubt be moving slowly as well.

Dancers at a tailgate party last year.
Dancers at a tailgate party last year.

Check out the traffic cameras and the GTA traffic flow map.

Toronto is expected to reach the high 20's today and feel like the mid-30's with the humidity. Showers or thunderstorms are also possible this afternoon. The Ontario Provincial Police say the summer weather affects driving conditions.

Today the Bills will get a taste of Toronto's humid summer, but the last time they were in town, they felt the winter chill. It was December 3, 2009, and Toronto's high was only 7.6C. The Bills lost to the New York Jets in front of more than 51,000 fans at Rogers Centre.

Football Week in Toronto continues on Friday, when the Toronto Argonauts play the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at the Rogers Centre.

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