Changes Coming to Major Intersection in Mississauga
Big changes are coming to one of Mississauga’s most well-known (and controversial) intersections.
If you’re ever driving around Port Credit and come to the intersection of Lakeshore Blvd. and Stavebank Road, you may have noticed that the particular alignment of that intersection doesn’t seem quite standard in terms of what you’d expect from a typical intersection, as shown on the map below:
Essentially, there isn’t a straight path along Stavebank through the intersection with Lakeshore. You would have to make a right on Lakeshore then an immediate left onto the rest of Stavebank down to the Port Credit waterfront. This has posed some challenging safety issues when people are trying to turn at that intersection, especially when traffic gets busy along Lakeshore during rush hours or during festivals that frequently happen along Port Credit.
In response, the City of Mississauga began looking into how to realign the intersection of Stavebank and Lakeshore. A press release from Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey’s website outlined a three step process in how this project will go forward.
First, the sorting room section of the Post Office will be torn down and replaced with a new glass addition with much needed office space for Port Credit. Two levels of underground parking are included with the development. The historic portion of the Post Office, built in 1923, will be preserved.
Once completed, the CIBC, located on the south-east corner of the intersection, will re-locate into the Post Office site.
The final step will be to tear down the old CIBC building, allowing the City of Mississauga to realign the intersection. Final design will look at improved traffic flow and pedestrian safety.
According to Twitter user Eli A, who was in Port Credit and took these pictures, he caught notice of the sign on the CIBC indicating that there is now a timeline for the second step:
By September 29, the CIBC should be moving to its new home in the redeveloped Port Credit Post Office, and you can see below a rendering of the finished structure.
Once the bank has moved, the city can proceed with tearing down the old structure in order to straighten the path on Stavebank, avoiding an additional turn on Lakeshore to cross a simple intersection.
We will keep you up to date on further developments of this realignment project.