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Expect delays on roads as torch passes through

Commuters and motorists will need to be mindful of tomorrow’s Olympic relay route, either to join in the festivities or circumnavigate the traffic implications that will occur.

“The eyes of Canada are on this relay as it goes through every community,” said Ellen Finn, director of civic events. “It will be Edmonton’s day in the spotlight.”

Finn explained the route will involve rolling closures as the Olympic flame snakes it way through the city, but she foresaw 20-minute delays at most spots along the route except for areas of larger celebration, like the Butterdome at the University of Alberta and at Victoria Promenade.

Planning began as far back as 2008 for this portion of the relay, and 200 volunteers were recruited from the Edmonton Police Service Volunteer Program to ensure the event runs smoothly.

“It’s a great celebration, so we want as many people as possible to come,” Finn said.

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