1.What is the Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration?
Following more than 10 years of planning, consultation, engineering, and design, the City started major construction to reconfigure the Six Points intersection in Winter 2017. The reconfiguration supports the development of Etobicoke Centre as a vibrant mixed-use transit-oriented community, with a new street network, cycling facilities, and improved pedestrian connections.
Construction is expected to take place from March 2017 – Spring 2020, and the City will remove existing bridges, and create regular intersections between Kipling Avenue, Bloor Street West, and Dundas Street West.
2. What previous studies have been conducted? Did they take additional traffic from development into consideration?
The City studied the reconfiguration of the interchange through an extensive Environmental Assessment (EA) that was completed in January, 2008 and approved by City Council. The purpose of the study was to examine options for reconfiguring the interchange and recommend a preferred design consistent with the policy objectives of the Etobicoke Centre Secondary Plan.
Future traffic volumes, which accounted for future developments within the Etobicoke Centre area were considered in this study. Appendix D.5 of the EA report describes how future traffic volumes were estimated.
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3. Where is funding for the reconstruction coming from?
Funding for this project comes from the City’s Transportation Services Division 2016-2025 capital budget.
1. What should I do if I have a concern about construction?
Your Field Ambassador is your main point of contact for questions and concerns about construction.
Field Ambassador: Nathan Jenkins, 416-338-7755
- All other inquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. What are the construction phases? How long will construction take?
Construction is taking place in two phases. Phase 1 took place from 2014 – 2016 and prepared for the new road alignment within the former Westwood Theatre Lands. Phase 2 started in March 2017 and will be divided into stages taking place in various sections of the project area. Phase 2 is expected to be complete in Spring 2020. Visit the Construction Stages tab for more information on work currently underway.
3. When will construction take place?
Construction activity will take place between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, with work after hours and on weekends as required.
4. How will residents and businesses be notified about construction?
Details about road closures and lane restrictions will be provided to affected residents and in advance of construction. Affected Properties will receive a Construction Notice approximately two weeks before work starts with more information about what to expect.
5. How will accessibility be maintained during construction?
Efforts will be made to maintain accessibility during construction. Residents who require accommodation (level entry, longer notice, etc.) must contact the City to arrange for access during the construction period.
6. How will access to properties be affected during construction?
Property access will be maintained whenever possible throughout the duration of the construction. When there are multiple access points to a property, they will never both be obstructed at the same time. If the contractor does need to temporarily block access to a property, the City will work with the property owner to schedule a time that is least disruptive.
7. Will there be any compensation for loss of business during construction?
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 improve business levels in the area.
1. How was the public consulted on the new road alignment?
An extensive public consultation program was carried out as part of the Six Points Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment from 2003 – 2007, and two community events helped shape the final design for the Reconfiguration in 2013 and 2014. Visit the Get Involved page to view public consultation information from these events.
2. How is the City working with local stakeholders during reconstruction?
During construction, the City will actively work to keep local community members and businesses informed about project stages through a Construction Liaison Committee.
Notification about construction impacts will be sent to property owners two weeks in advance of any disruptions via Canada Post delivery.
A Field Ambassador has been hired as a main point of contact for questions and concerns about construction.
Community members can sign up to receive email updates about project milestones and opportunities to get involved, and the City will organize public events for community members to learn more and speak directly with staff.
Visit the Get Involved page to learn more about how you can stay informed and get involved during the construction process. The Field Ambassador can be reached by emailing email@example.com or calling 416-338-7755.
1. How will the transition between the two parts of Dundas Street work? Dunbloor is narrower than the proposed Dundas Street loop.
Dundas Street will be three lanes in each direction south of Bloor Street, while Dunbloor Road and Dundas Street will be two lanes in each direction north of Bloor Street. This is the same number of lanes that currently exist, except for Dunbloor Road, which is currently 1 lane in each direction and will be widened as part of this project.
The eastbound curb lane along Dundas Street will be a “Exclusive Right Turn” lane at Bloor Street. A third westbound lane will be constructed south of the Bloor Street intersection.
2. How far will the Dundas median extend?
A median will extend for the entire length of the project area. The wide treed median will extend throughout the curved section of Dundas Street, and along Dunbloor Road to Bloor Street. Space for left-hand turn lanes will be inserted into the median at intersections.
3. Is Kipling Avenue being widened?
Kipling Avenue will be widened to accommodate additional turn lanes, but there won’t be any additional through traffic lanes added between Dundas Street and Bloor Street. The future right-of-way for Kipling Avenue will be 42 m.
4. Is there any way to have construction stopped, or consider alternatives? Is it possible to consider elevating Bloor and Dundas at the intersection to avoid traffic lights?
No. This project has been approved by City Council, is funded and construction began in Fall 2014. The Environmental Assessment considered a grade separation between Bloor Street and Dundas Street among several options, and identified a series of at-grade intersections as the best reconfiguration of the existing interchange.
1. How will the new road network effect traffic flow?
The new road network is designed to provide movement and access for all potential road users including vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. The 2008 Environmental Assessment (EA) study acknowledged that a level intersection solution would tend to increase travel times compared to the existing freeway style interchange. However, one of the objectives of the EA was to provide a simplified road network that accommodated all road users, improved linkages to Kipling Subway Station and improved access to lands adjacent to the interchange while maintaining acceptable operating conditions for vehicular traffic.
2. Are there any special considerations for truck traffic?
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.
3. What is the estimated delay at the Bloor/Dundas intersection at peak?
Traffic modelling done as part of the EA estimated the average delay for vehicles at the Dundas West and Bloor West intersection as 36.6 seconds in the morning peak hour, and 34.3 seconds in the afternoon peak hour.
The existing grade separated interchange provides free flow conditions, with limited delays. The existing constraints are upstream and downstream of the interchange at Dundas/Aukland and Bloor/Islington and Dundas/Burnhamthorpe. Further detail about estimated delays can be found in Section 5.5 and Appendix D.5 of the EA report.
One of the objectives of the EA was to provide a simplified road network that accommodated all road users, improved linkages to Kipling Subway Station and improved access to lands adjacent to the interchange while maintaining acceptable operating conditions for vehicular traffic.
4. How many traffic lights will there be traveling east/west along the future Dundas Street West?
There will be three traffic lights. They will be located at Dunbloor Road, Bloor St W, and Kipling Ave. In addition, the new Kipling Ave/Bloor St W intersection will be signalized (as the current intersection is). It is noted that even without the interchange reconfiguration, traffic signals would be installed at Dunbloor/Dundas because current traffic volumes warrant them. In addition, any development of City land adjacent to the interchange may also warrant signalized access to major streets, even without the reconfiguration.
5. Will timing of lights be synchronized to speed traffic flow?
Traffic signal timing co-ordination will be established to facilitate the movement of all traffic in the area, including pedestrian and cyclist usage.
6. What will the speed limit be during construction and after?
Currently, the speed limits are 50 km/h on some portions of Bloor and Dundas Street and 60 km/h in other sections to reflect the existing road conditions.
During construction, the Contractor shall maintain a minimum safe operating speed of 50 km/h.
Following construction, it is expected that the posted speed limit for all arterial roads will be 50 km/h, but this has not been finalized. To amend the posted speeds to 50 km/h, City staff will need to report to Community Council.
1. How are bike lanes being incorporated into the reconstruction?
The cycling infrastructure built as part of the Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration is part of the larger, city-wide Cycling Network Plan that was approved by City Council in June 2016. As part of the reconfiguration and the Cycling Network Plan, physically separated bike lanes will be 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:
- north/south quiet street cycling routes on Jopling Avenue
- north-south bike lanes on Shave Shaver Avenue
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 Ward 5. Edge lines were added on Dundas Street West from Auckland to The East Mall in 2015 and other infrastructure is planned to connect to these facilities.
1. How will the streetscape design and street cross-sections being constructed within the intersections transition to existing streets?
The redesign of the road network is guided by the City’s Complete Streets initiative. Wherever possible, streetscape design elements including boulevard treatments, street furniture, street trees, etc. will be extended along the arterial roads as those roads 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 is being designed to respond to the local context (eg. condos or retail strip malls on Dundas, the Church on Bloor, and houses on Kipling). Priority will be given to the provision of safe space for pedestrians and cyclists.
2. What consideration has been given to park space?
Park space is a significant component of the Etobicoke Centre Public Space and Streetscape Plan. A new park is planned for the north-east corner of Kipling and Bloor. An expansion of Viking Park, at the south-west corner of Kipling and Dundas will also be a part of this project.The Etobicoke Centre Public Space and Streetscape Plan also 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 also 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.
3. Will street trees be maintained by the city or Business Improvement Area?
The City’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division will maintain the trees and the BIA will maintain the planting beds.
1. What does the potential new Etobicoke Civic Centre on the former Westwood Theatre Lands mean for the existing civic centre?
In January 2017, the City of Toronto invited design teams to submit proposals for a potential new Etobicoke Civic Centre that would be built within the former Westwood Theatre Lands. The new Civic Centre would replace existing municipal buildings on West Mall in Etobicoke, and incorporate municipal offices, a community recreation centre, a public library, child care and gathering space. Details regarding ownership and operation of the community recreation centre have not yet been confirmed.
The City is looking at the existing site and how, moving forward, it could continue to provide public amenity to the surrounding community even though the larger site would be redeveloped. The site and the existing buildings at the Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall have been listed on the City of Toronto Heritage Register since 2005. If some form of community uses continue on site and if there is community support, the Farmer’s Market could continue on site into the future.
1. What is the Kipling Mobility Hub?
Metrolinx (Ontario’s Provincial Transportation Authority) identified Kipling Station as a new Mobility Hub that will integrate a Kipling GO Station with the TTC’s Kipling subway station and MiWay buses. Learn more about the new Kipling Mobility Hub.
2. Will Miway buses be using the Kipling Mobility Hub rather than Islington Station in the future?
It is expected that all Miway buses will service at Kipling Station by 2019.
3. Will development around Kipling Station cause traffic delays at the passenger drop-off?
The reconfigured intersections will be very pedestrian friendly and local residents will easily be able to walk to the station. The area around Kipling Station, including the passenger drop-off area, will also be reconfigured to ease congestion.
4. How will access to passenger drop-offs be affected by the construction?
The Passenger Drop-Offs will be open during construction, however it is anticipated that there will be a need to reroute traffic to and from the Passenger Drop-Off on the east side of Kipling Avenue (just north of the rail line) during some of the stages of construction.
1. What is a District Energy?
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 centre; and
- thermal network of pipes connecting groups of buildings
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.
2. Where will the district energy plant be located and what will it consist of?
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.
3. Are there any potential risks associated with the operation of the district energy plant?
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.
4. Will district energy be available for existing developments?
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.
5. When will the pipes be installed?
The pipes will be installed at the time of road construction and will follow the road construction phases.
6. Was district energy considered to heat sidewalks and bike lanes in the winter to avoid snow clearing?
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.
1. What will be built on the former Westwood Theatre lands? What about a community centre?
In January 2017, the City of Toronto invited design teams to submit proposals for a new Etobicoke Civic Centre that would be built within the former Westwood Theatre Lands. The new Civic Centre would replace existing municipal buildings on West Mall in Etobicoke, and incorporate municipal offices, a community recreation centre, a public library, child care and gathering space. Details regarding ownership and operation of the community recreation centre have not yet been confirmed.
2. What is the plan for the future of 6 Points Plaza? How will Six Points Plaza be affected by the reconstruction?
The reconstruction will improve the streetscape along Dundas Street West in front of Six Points Plaza, and the plaza will continue to have driveway access from Dundas Street West. Six Points Plaza is not owned by the City. Plans for the future are controlled by the owner of the property, and would need to conform to planning and zoning requirements.
3. Will 22 Division be relocated?
There are no immediate plans for the relocation of the police station.
4. Have you considered underground waste collection?
Underground waste collection has not been considered as part of this project.