6 Points "Spaghetti Junction" undergoing major rework to make way for the new Etobicoke Civic Centre
by Paul Ambler
on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 at 2:10pm.
"Rome wasn't built in a day"
And neither will the new Etobicoke Civic Centre. In preparation for this undertaking Etobicoke has spent the better part of 10 years tackling what to do with the "spaghetti junction" intersection of Bloor, Dundas & Kipling in Etobicoke. Since the 1960's this loopy intersection has been been..well...loopy. Imagine taking your favourite marker, closing your eyes and drawing figure 8's on a blank page. When you open them and look at the page you might get a sense of what the current 6 points interchange looks like. But not for long! the 10 year consultation project has ended and one of Toronto's biggest undertakings is well under way. As the city begins bridge removal on the Bloor overpass just above Kipling, commuters will have to start bracing for traffic headaches for the foreseeable future. It will be for the best! This interchange kept pedestrians far away and you would rarely see anyone risking their lives on a bike. When its completed there will be wider tree lined sidewalks parkettes, dedicated bike lanes along Bloor St and improved access to the Kipling Subway Station which in the next few years will become a TTC transit hub linking GO Trains, TTC to Mississauga Transit. Good things comes to local residents who wait and wait they must, as interchange construction isn't expected to be completed until 2020. For more information about construction updates visit 6 Points Construction Updates
The purpose of this re configuration is to prepare the area for the upcoming development of Etobcioke's new Civic Centre. The intent will be to make this area the new downtown core of Etobicoke, with numerous new Condo Developments slated along Bloor St, Dundas & Kipling all the way from Jane to East Mall Cres and the surrounding area. The new civic centre will include Municipal offices, civic function spaces, a YMCA community rec centre as well as a new Toronto Public Library (possibly) and outdoor Civic Plaza. The intent will be to anchor future development in the area and establish it as the new Downtown Core of Etobicoke. Construction on the new Etobicoke Civic Centre is not expected to begin until 2020 so stay tuned for updates about the project.
Keep your eye on condo developments in this area over the next few years. Being so close to the TTC Subway from Islington to Kipling along Bloor St should make this a hot place to live and work & invest in the future.