Construction Project

Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration

Construction is in progress to reconfigure the Six Points Interchange, at Bloor Street West, Dundas Street West and Kipling Avenue. Reconfiguration of the interchange will support the development of Etobicoke Centre as a vital mixed use community, and the urban focus of the west part of Toronto.

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  • Next Steps
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  • Public Consultation
  • Frequently Asked Questions

News and Updates

Current Status: Construction is in progress.

Preliminary construction work began in 2014, and was completed in December 2015. This work focuses on the preparation of the new alignment of Dundas Street between Kipling Avenue and Bloor Street, and is primarily taking place within the former Westwood Theatre lands.

The preliminary construction phase includes:

  • site clearing
  • tree removal
  • partial grading for the roadbed of the new Dundas Street West alignment
  • sanitary sewer work along the new Dundas Street West alignment

Utility Relocation Work

While the City is completing the detailed design of the Six Points Phase 2 (Master Contract), Utility relocation work is continuing as follows:

Enbridge Gas Relocation Work:

Phase (1) : Enbridge completed the process of abandoning its on-site pipeline (Phase 1). This work began in August 2015 and was completed in February 2016.

Phase (2): Enbridge has multiple staging for Phase 2 (A to F). Enbridge started Phase 2D on July 14, 2016 and is expected to be completed on July 20, 2016. Work is located at Kipling Avenue, North of Bloor Street West.

Construction of future staging is expected to be carried out in the year of 2017 to 2019. More updates to come.

Bell Relocation Work:

Phase (1): Work of phase 1 is expected to start on November 14, 2016 and continue till the end of 2017. Construction of future phases will be part of the Six Points Phase 2 (Master Contract).

Major construction work is expected to begin in Winter 2017. The overpasses are expected to be demolished in Fall 2018. A more detailed timeline for the major construction phase will be provided in Fall 2016.

Construction activity is taking place between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. You will be notified in advance of any traffic impacts.

Next Steps

  1. Issue purchase order for Bell utility work: Summer 2016
  2. Issue purchase order for Enbridge utility work: (Phase 2D, Kipling north of Bloor): Summer 2016
  3. Issue contract for major construction work: Winter 2017
  4. Update construction schedule for master contract: Fall 2016
  5. Projected master contract construction duration is 3 - 4 Years

Note: a timeline for the master construction phase will be provided in winter 2017. 

"Etobicoke Centre" is an area running along Dundas Street West from Shorncliffe Road to Kipling Avenue and between Dundas Street West and Bloor Street West from Kipling Avenue to Montgomery Road. Within Etobicoke Centre and directly adjacent to the Six Points Interchange is a site called the "Westwood Theatre Lands," where the Westwood movie theatre was located. Both Etobicoke Centre and the Westwood Theatre Lands are shown on the map above.

Over the next several years, Etobicoke Centre will develop as the urban focal point for the western part of the City of Toronto, and is one of four centres where a concentration of workers and residents will be encouraged to create significant economic activity. At the same time, the existing configuration of the Six Points Interchange has been identified as a significant barrier to development in this area and to the realization of the vision for Etobicoke Centre.

Plans for intensification have been studied extensively over several years, and many policies have been adopted over that time that have led to the reconfiguration of the Six Points Interchange.

The detailed technical design of the reconfiguration of the Six Points Interchange was completed in 2014. This design includes specifications for all underground utilities including watermain, sanitary sewer, storm sewer and private utilities like hydro and telecommunications. Street alignments and designs are consistent with Council-approved preliminary designs developed during the Six Points Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment Study and within the Etobicoke Centre Streetscape and Open Space Plan. One innovative element that will be incorporated is the use of district energy throughout the precinct. This initiative is being led by the City's Energy Efficiency Office.Design details can be reviewed the in the June 2014 and June 2013 presentations under the Public Consultation tab.

Since 2001, many studies have been completed leading to a major reconfiguration of streets and other infrastructure. You can find more information about these studies below.

An extensive public consultation program was carried out as part of the Six Points Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment, including two public meetings. You can review the results of that consultation here. Public feedback helped to shape the final plans for the Interchange Reconfiguration.

Throughout the major construction process, the City will provide newsletter updates at key project milestones. These will include information on construction schedules, any traffic impacts, and other announcements. The project newsletters will be available on this website and will be emailed to the project mailing list. You can join the project mailing list by clicking the link on the right hand column, above. 

Below is the Community Update provided in June 2014. You can also access a PDF here

Text-only version of presentation

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is the Community Update provided in June 2013:

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.    The drawings suggest Kipling Avenue will be widened between Dundas and Bloor. Why is this? How wide will the Right-of-Way (ROW) be?

Kipling Avenue will be widened to accommodate additional turn lanes and cycle tracks, but there won't be any additional through traffic lanes added between Dundas Street and Bloor Street. The future ROW for Kipling Avenue will be 42m.

4.    Is it reasonable to install cycle tracks for short sections of these major streets?

Cycle tracks (physically-separated bike lanes) will be constructed alongside the new roads as part of this contract and connect to the Kipling Subway station. The cycle track along Dundas Street West is envisioned to extend West to the 427. This will be secured through the redevelopment of individual properties. This local cycle network will gradually connect into the larger network as roads are rebuilt. In the short term, the local network will provide residents with a safe route through Etobicoke Centre.

5.    How will the streetscape design and street cross-sections being constructed within the intersections transition to existing streets?

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.

6.    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.

7.    How will changes impede or improve traffic flow?

The new road network  is designed to provide movement and access for all potential road users including vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. The EA study acknowledged that an at-grade 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.

8.    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.

9.    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.

10.    How many traffic lights will there be traveling east/west along the future Dundas Street West, as there are currently none?

There will be three traffic lights. They will be located at Dunbloor, Bloor, 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.

11.    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.

12.    What will the speed limit be?

It is expected that the posted speed limit for all arterial roads will be 50 km/h, but this has not been finalized.

13.    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.

14.    When will project break ground and when will it be completed?

Construction began in Fall 2014 and we expect that it will be complete in Fall 2019.

15.    What has been approved by council? Is the project fully funded, or is there a chance that funding will not be approved?

The funding for this project is being taken from the City's Transportation Services Division budget in the interim, with funding ultimately to be taken from development charges collected when new developments are approved. Since development charges must be spent on growth related infrastructure expansion (such as new roads) and cannot be redirected to other programs like property tax revenue can, these funds are much more secure.

Council must still approve the "cash flow" on an annual basis through the capital budget.

16.    When was last overpass bridge rehabilitated? When will bridge be torn down?

The 3 overpass structures at Six Point were rehabilitated in the late 1990's. These structures will be removed following the construction staging plans likely in 2018.

17.    Will Mississauga Transit buses be using the Kipling Mobility Hub rather than Islington Station in the future?

By 2019 all Mississauga Transit buses will service Kipling Station.

18.    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.

19.    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.

20.    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.

21.    What is the plan for the future of 6 Points Plaza?

6 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 requirements.

22.    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.

23.    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 the location of the current police station which would be developed as part of future redevelopment.

In addition to traditional park space, a large, public urban square is also planned as part of the redevelopment of the Westwood Theatre lands, and greening and public space are guiding principles of the streetscape and boulevard design throughout the area.

24.    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.

25.    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.

26.    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.

27.    When will the pipes be installed?

The pipes will be installed at the time of road construction and will follow the road construction phases noted in Question #15.

28.    Have you considered using the district energy system 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.

29.    Where will property acquisition be necessary?

Property will need to be acquired on the west side of Dunbloor Road, and on the south side of Bloor Street, west of Kipling Avenue. This property will become part of the City-owned road allowances.

30.    What process will be followed to negotiate compensation for property acquisition?

Where property or easements must be acquired, the City's Real Estate Services staff will work with affected property owners to determine appropriate compensation.

31.    Is there any way to have the project 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.

32.    What is the likelihood that the plans will be implemented? Is there a chance of being delayed or not getting approved?

This project has been approved and construction began in Fall, 2014.

33.    Will 22 Division be relocated?

There are no immediate plans for the relocation of the police station.

34.    Have you considered underground waste collection?

Underground waste collection has not been considered as part of this project.

Background Studies and Policies

ExpandToronto Official Plan and Etobicoke Centre Secondary Plan

Etobicoke Centre is one of four "vital mixed use communities" know as the Centres. The current Official Plan (OP), consolidated in 2010, encourages creating a concentration of workers and residents in these locations to create significant centres of economic activity.

Opportunity for significant development is identified for Etobicoke Centre, particularly around the Kipling and Islington subway stations and on the Westwood Theatre Lands. The OP also identifies the opportunity to improve services to residents by moving municipal and other government services to the area.

Adopted in 2002, the Etobicoke Centre Secondary Plan further clarifies land use policy for the centre. The plan identifies the Westwood Theatre lands as providing an opportunity to develop a campus of institutional uses as well as residential and office uses.

ExpandWest District Design Initiative

Building on opportunities identified in the Etobicoke Centre Secondary Plan, the City initiated the West District Design Initiative to determine city building visions for current Etobicoke Civic Complex Lands, the Bloor-Islington Lands, and Westwood Theatre Lands.

A series of design charettes led to design guidelines for the three sites. The Westwood Theatre Lands study provided two separate guideline options: a Civic Centre option and a Mixed-use Centre option. Both options included a strong pedestrian network, parks and open space system, and similar built form layout, land use pattern, traffic and parking concepts.

Learn more about the West District Design Initiative

ExpandSix Points Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment

The City undertook a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) to examine options for the reconfiguration of the Six Points Interchange to support the development of Etobicoke Centre and the objectives of the Etobicoke Centre Secondary Plan. The study began in 2003 and concluded in 2008. The recommended design was based on the removal of the existing bridges and the creation of regular intersections between Kipling Avenue, Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West as shown in the image below.

Plan view of the interchange showing recommendations of the EA.

Recommendations of the EA also finalized number of lanes and lane widths for all new streets to be constructed.

Learn more about the Six Points Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment

ExpandEtobicoke Centre Streetscape and Open Space Plan

To finalize streetscaping and open space plan details across Etobicoke Centre, the City undertook an urban design study between 2009 and 2011. This study included detailed streetscape designs for the new roads to be constructed following the Six Points Reconfiguration EA. Cross sections finalized in this study included public realm details such as pedestrian clear zones, market zones and tree planting zones.

Learn more about the Etobicoke Centre Streetscape and Open Space Plan

ExpandKipling Anchor Mobility Hub

Etobicoke Centre includes the Kipling Mobility Hub, adjacent to and overlapping the Six Points Interchange. Kipling is one of 18 Anchor Mobility Hubs in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area identified by Metrolinx' Big Move regional transit plan. Anchor Mobility Hubs have significant potential to attract new growth and development and the potential to transform the regional urban structure. Designs for the Kipling Mobility Hub are currently being developed.

Learn More about Mobility Hubs

Learn More about the Kipling Mobility Hub