City of Toronto celebrates completion of the Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration in Etobicoke

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City of Toronto celebrates completion of the Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration in Etobicoke

by ahnationtalk on November 26, 2021121 Views

November 26, 2021

Today, Mayor John Tory and Deputy Mayor Stephen Holyday (Etobicoke Centre) were joined by representatives from the Mississaugas of the Credit, and long-time Etobicoke resident and broadcaster Jerry Howarth to celebrate the completion of the Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration. This marks a significant milestone in the continuing evolution of Etobicoke Centre as a vital mixed-use, transit-oriented community.

Three new street names that represent local community landmarks, Indigenous language and a notable local individual were officially unveiled:

  • Adobigok Pathway: Adobigok means “where the alders grow” in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe). The Mississauga First Nation called Etobicoke Creek and the area around it “Adobigok”.
  • Biindagen Trail: Biindagen means “enter”, “come in” or “welcome” in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe). This name was proposed as an encouraging phrase that welcomes residents to the new Etobicoke Centre.
  • Jerry Howarth Drive: Jerry Howarth – voice of the Toronto Blue Jays for 36 years –  was one of the first sports broadcasters to refuse to use team names that were offensive to Indigenous peoples, bringing the issue to the forefront in traditional media.

In 2018, the design of the new roadway configuration received a Certificate of Merit from the National Urban Design Awards in the Urban Design Plans category, as it provides excellent transit accessibility where jobs, housing and services are concentrated and implements the City’s Complete Streets and Green Streets initiatives. The new roadway provides safe and easier options for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

With roadway construction complete, space has been made available to provide new parks and generous boulevards, as well as housing, services for existing and new residents, and employment within the area.

The construction of a new Etobicoke Civic Centre, at the intersection of Dundas Street West and Kipling Avenue, is expected to begin in February 2023. It will include municipal offices, a City-operated community recreation centre, a public library, a child care centre, a civic square, a multipurpose Council Chamber and underground parking. Learn more here Opens in new window

As part of the first phase of the Housing Now Initiative, two sites have been identified in Etobicoke Centre for new mixed-income housing, including new affordable rental units. More information is available here

More information about the Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration is available here

Quotes:

“Welcome to the new Six Points Interchange in Etobicoke Centre, an area many years in the making that involved intense transportation and infrastructure work. Now a vital mixed-use, transit-oriented community, this area demonstrates the exciting growth and change in Toronto’s west end. The new roadway provides excellent transit accessibility to jobs, housing and services and is an investment in the area that will continue to pay off for years to come.”

– Mayor John Tory

“It’s a proud time for everyone in Etobicoke Centre as we celebrate the completion of the Six Points interchange reconfiguration. With modern streets, wider boulevards, and accessible transit, the new Centre connects the community and attracts citizens as a destination. I am eager to see our Etobicoke Centre grow on this foundation with new homes, businesses, and services for residents.”

– Deputy Mayor Stephen Holyday (Etobicoke Centre)

“The completion of the Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration is a significant milestone for our community. The new roadway provides safe and easier options for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. This was a huge job, and I’d like to thank everyone who provided their input, and stayed involved throughout the project. I look forward to the continued revitalization of this neighbourhood, which will help improve the quality of life for current and future residents.”
– Councillor Mark Grimes (Etobicoke-Lakeshore)

Toronto is home to more than 2.9 million people whose diversity and experiences make this great city Canada’s leading economic engine and one of the world’s most diverse and livable cities. As the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is a global leader in technology, finance, film, music, culture and innovation, and consistently places at the top of international rankings due to investments championed by its government, residents and businesses. For more information visit the City’s website or follow us on Twitter , Instagram or Facebook

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