Detailed traffic staging plans dictate what lanes are blocked off for active construction or construction that will occur in the near future. These plans follow the Ontario Traffic Manual Book 7 (Temporary Conditions) which provides basic requirements for traffic control in work zones during roadway or utility construction and maintenance on or beside municipal roads and streets.
The City’s traffic staging plans are an important sequence of construction put in place so that traffic can be safely maintained and the project can be constructed in a timely and efficient manner. In some cases, it may be necessary to stage preliminary improvements before actual work begins in order to facilitate the traffic control strategy. Changes to traffic staging plans, such as opening additional lanes, may only occur if they comply with Book 7, or if construction is delayed.
The City of Toronto does not have a policy for compensation for loss of business during construction. Although we anticipate construction will restrict access, every effort will be made to limit disruptions and keep access open as much as possible. Improvements to the infrastructure and the addition of attractive streetscaping and development will ultimately support business in the area.
During construction, road users should expect delays and increased traffic on nearby main and side streets. Efforts have been made to manage traffic in the area for the safety of workers, road users and residents. City Staff are continuing to monitor road conditions and signal timing as vehicles and pedestrians adjust to the new road configuration.
The new road network is designed to provide movement and access for all road users including vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. The change from interchanges to the new road configuration includes lower speed limits and additional signalized intersections.
Once construction is complete, Dundas Street West and Kipling Avenue will have three active lanes of traffic in each direction, and Bloor Street West will have two travel lanes in each direction.
The design takes into account all turning movements of trucks passing through the area and addresses safety issues at all intersections. Lane capacity and widths have been designed to accommodate all types of trucks.
Traffic signal timing coordination will be established to facilitate the movement of all traffic in the area, including pedestrian and cyclist usage. City Staff are reviewing traffic conditions and signal timing on a regular basis and at various times throughout the day including weekday morning and evening rush hours, to assess how traffic is moving and adjusting to the new road conditions, and determine what issues need to be addressed.
The cycling infrastructure built as part of the Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration is part of the larger, city-wide Cycling Network Plan approved by City Council in June 2016. As part of the reconfiguration and the Cycling Network Plan, physically separated bike lanes have been constructed on the new roads along Bloor Street West from Carysfort Road to Jopling Avenue, and along Dundas Street West from Dunbloor to Paulart Drive.
As part of the City’s 10 Year Cycling Network Plan, the following infrastructure was also approved:
Major Corridor Studies were recommended on Kipling Avenue and Bloor Street West. These were not supported by Council and Cycling Infrastructure was asked to reconsider as part of a 2-year review report to Council on the 10 Year Cycling Network Plan for York South-Weston. Edge lines were added on Dundas Street West from Auckland Road to The East Mall in 2015 and other infrastructure is planned to connect to these facilities.
The new road network is designed as a complete street to provide safe and accessible movement for pedestrians including widened sidewalks, street furniture, lighting, trees, planters, and level intersection crossings.
The new road network is guided by the City’s Complete Streets initiative. Wherever possible, streetscape design elements such as boulevard treatments, street furniture, street trees, etc. are extended along roads when they are rebuilt or adjacent land is redeveloped.
Space for the boulevard elements becomes tighter as the streets transition from the future intersections to the existing neighbourhoods. Each transition has been designed to respond to the local context (e.g. condos or retail strip malls on Dundas Street West, the church on Bloor Street West and houses on Kipling Avenue). Priority is given to the provision of safe space for pedestrians and cyclists.
Park space is a significant component of the Etobicoke Centre Public Space and Streetscape Plan. A new park is planned for the northeast corner of Kipling Avenue and Bloor Street West. An expansion of Viking Park, at the southwest corner of Kipling Avenue and Dundas Street West is also part of this project.
The Etobicoke Centre Public Space and Streetscape Plan includes a new park at a central location south of Dundas Street adjacent to Road B. Previously the new park was identified at the location of the current police station, however, the location has been modified to a central location.
In addition to traditional park space, a large, public urban square is planned as part of the redevelopment of the former Westwood Theatre lands and greening and public space are guiding principles of the streetscape and boulevard design throughout the area.
The City’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division will maintain the trees and the BIA will maintain the planting beds.
Within walking distance of the Islington and Kipling subway stations there are currently over 5,000 new residential units and over 20,000 sq.m. of retail/office space under construction.
The major realignment of Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West around Kipling Avenue is creating four new development blocks on the former Westwood Theatre Lands which will be powered sustainably by a district energy system.
The new development blocks will deliver the City’s Housing Now initiative which includes the building of at least 1500 residential rental units. Another new development block will become home to the relocated Etobicoke Civic Centre and will include:
The area will also include pedestrian-friendly boulevards, three new public streets, over 2,200 metres of new raised bike lanes and over 10,000 sq.m. of new public parkland including an extension of Six Points Park. The historical alignment of Dundas Street West will be celebrated through a commemorative and engaging landscape feature. For more information about the Etobicoke Civic Centre contact CreateTO.
The City of Toronto is looking at a city-wide co-ordinated effort regarding opportunities and strategies for Dogs Off-Leash Areas, recognizing the growing dog population throughout the City. The off-leash areas generally take up a greater amount of space and are difficult to accommodate within smaller City parks which generally need to provide a wide variety of amenities for people of all ages and abilities.
Through the Six Points Reconfiguration, there will be additional parkland secured in the area. Once the blocks have been created there will be public consultation with regard to the design of the parks and the required amenities for neighbouring residents. Areas along the rail corridor and within the Hydro corridors will also be reviewed with regard to opportunities to accommodate the exercising of dogs.
There are a number of large sites currently under development within Etobicoke Centre which will be accommodating pet areas and amenities. City Planning has undertaken a study and is working to achieve pet-friendly developments which incorporate amenities for pets through Pet Friendly Design Guidelines for High Density Communities.
Metrolinx (Ontario’s Provincial Transportation Authority) identified Kipling Station as a new Mobility Hub to integrate the Kipling GO Station with the TTC’s Kipling subway station and MiWay buses. The reconfigured intersections will be very pedestrian-friendly and local residents can easily walk to the station. The area around Kipling Station, including the passenger drop-off area, will also be reconfigured to ease congestion.
District energy (DE) is a thermal energy distribution system for multiple buildings at the neighbourhood scale. A district energy system consists of a:
Heating and cooling centres can utilize various low-carbon energy sources such as solar thermal, sewer heat, biogas, cold lake water, biomass and the ground. Efficient combined heat & power (CHP) plants can power new transit and the heat can be recovered to heat nearby buildings. Co-locating district energy systems with municipal and other infrastructure is important to accessing these energy sources.
Between three and five small energy plants will be built as development proceeds. They will each be located inside buildings (one plant may serve one or two development parcels, shared by buildings within each parcel). The small plants will connected thermally via underground closed-loop pipes.
The energy plants will contain the same type of equipment that a building normally has; there are no particular risks associated with District Energy. The thermal distribution system consists of closed-loop pipes containing regular tap water as the heat transfer fluid. Toronto has had District Energy for 100 years. There are a number of operating District Energy systems in university campuses, downtown Toronto, and health care facilities.
There is future potential for expansion of District Energy to existing developments, however the business case for this expansion will need to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. There may also be potential for new District Energy systems to be developed in nearby areas. These new systems could be interconnected at a later time.The pipes will be installed at the time of road construction and will follow the road construction phases.
Heating sidewalks and patios with District Energy has been successful in some European cities. In these cases, the underground District Energy pipes are typically installed beneath the sidewalks themselves. The heat loss from the pipes is transferred to the sidewalk above, which melts ice and snow. To maximize efficiency and energy conservation, the pipes at Six Points will be highly insulated and will not be installed beneath the sidewalks. Instead, they will be short in length, crossing streets to connect development parcels.