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Construction Project

Cundles Road-Duckworth Street Highway 400 Interchange Improvements

This project is a team effort with the Province of Ontario, represented by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO), the Federal Government, and City of Barrie (Barrie) to improve the transportation infrastructure and traffic capacity in the area of the Highway 400-Duckworth Street Interchange. Background 

Project Updates

February 3, 2016

Duckworth Street Closed for Three Nights Next Week

Duckworth Street will be closed in both directions at the Highway 400 bridge for three consecutive nights.  No traffic will be permitted under the existing bridge and in the vicinity of the new bridge under construction; however access to highway ramps will remain open. Bell Farm Road and St. Vincent Street will be used as the detour route.

The planned closure dates and times are:

  • Tuesday, February 9 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Wednesday, February 10
  • Wednesday, February 10 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Thursday, February 11
  • Thursday, February 11 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Friday, February 12

This road closure is required as part of the ongoing Cundles Road-Duckworth Street and Highway 400 Interchange Improvements, which is scheduled to be complete at the end of this year.

Barrie Transit detour

During the evening closure dates and times above, Barrie Transit Route 6A/6B will detour using Livingstone Street, Cundles Road, St.Vincent Street, Bell Farm Road, Duckworth Street and back onto Georgian Drive. Notices will be posted at all stops affected by the closure along Route 6A/6B.

 Affected Stops include:

  • #223 Pacific Avenue
  • #216 Cundles at Duckworth
  • #950 Livingstone Street East
  • #222 Pacific Avenue
  • #215 Cundles at Duckworth Street

The Duckworth/Cundles project is a joint project with the Province of Ontario, represented by the Ministry of Transportation, the Federal Government, and City of Barrie to improve the transportation infrastructure and traffic capacity in the area of the Highway 400-Duckworth Street Interchange. If you have any questions regarding the construction, please call the Project Information Line at 705-719-5975.

January 4, 2016

The abutment walls and center piers for the northbound Hwy 400 bridge are now complete which will allow the installation of the deck support girders in late January or early February. The bridge deck formwork will start when the weather conditions allow in the Spring, followed by the completion of Duckworth St. widening.

Traffic signals at Lions Gate and Cundles Rd. are to be activated in the spring,. 

General construction activity will be minimal through the winter months.

2015 Updates

September 15, 2015

Northbound 400 traffic will be rerouted onto the old southbound lanes this week. This will allow for the demolition of the northbound half of the existing Duckworth Street bridge.

This demolition will take place over the weekend starting at 10pm Friday, September 18 and finishing at 5am Monday, September 21. This demolition will require the full closure of Duckworth Street under the bridge.

Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians will be detoured via Cundles Road / Street / Vincent Street / Bell Farm Road. 

  • Ramp from Cundles eastbound to Hwy 400 southbound will remain open
  • Ramp exiting Hwy 400 southbound will remain open
  • Ramp entering Hwy 400 northbound will be open at Georgian Drive
  • Ramp entering the Hwy 400 southbound from northbound Duckworth will be closed

Other work in progress includes the widening of Cundles Road and Duckworth Street where they meet on the west side of the interchange.

June 2, 2015

The concrete deck on the southbound Highway 400 bridge was recently poured. Southbound traffic should be re-routed onto the new lanes and bridge in June. This will allow the transfer of northbound traffic onto the existing southbound bridge and demolition of the existing northbound structure.

Installation of underground sewer and water lines has been ongoing for several weeks along Duckworth Street between Highway 400 and Bell Farm Road. This work has resulted in unavoidable disruption to traffic in the area. Temporary traffic signals have been activated at Georgian Drive and Bell Farm Road.

April 2, 2015

Construction activity resumed at the beginning of April.

Structural work on the southbound bridge deck will continue so that the southbound lanes can be rerouted onto the new structure by mid year.

The last section of sanitary forcemain will be installed across Little Lake Road from the sanitary pumping station.

Intersection improvements at Duckworth Street and Georgian Drive will be proceeding.

March 6, 2015

Construction activity is anticipated to resume later in March or early April as the weather permits.  To manage the expected snowmelt, construction of the new stormwater management pond between Cundles Road East and the new JC Massie Way was completed and is fully operational.

The new traffic signals at Lions Gate Blvd and Cundles Road East will be activated as soon as the temperatures are warm enough for the intersection pavement markings.  This should be in March.

The major focus of work in 2015 will be the completion of the new Highway 400 southbound bridge this summer, followed by the shifting of all lanes to allow for partial demolition of the existing bridge in preparation for construction of the new Highway 400 northbound bridge

2014 Updates

December 22, 2014

Improvements to Cundles Road are now substantially complete with the new signals at Lions Gate Blvd. expected to be in service in January.  Work is also substantially complete on the new JC Massie Way as well as the Highway 400 northbound exit ramps at Duckworth Street.

Motorists and pedestrians are advised that there will be no changes to traffic patterns through Cundles Road, Duckworth Street or the Highway 400 entrance and exit ramps for the remainder of the winter.

The formwork and reinforcing steel for the southbound Highway 400 Duckworth Street overpass bridge deck is complete and has been tarped over, ready for the concrete to be cast when warmer weather returns in a few months.

General construction activity will be minimal through the winter months.

September 15, 2014

Installation of the structural concrete box girders for the new Southbound Highway 400 structure has been scheduled to commence the evening of Monday, September 22, 2014. This work is to occur during night time hours to minimize traffic impacts and to maximize safety.

Duckworth Street will be closed in both directions at the bridge site, with Bell Farm Road and St. Vincent Street as the designated detour. The interchange ramps will remain open with the exception of the Duckworth Street Westbound to Southbound Highway 400 Ramp due to it passing under the bridge. Southbound Highway 400 can be accessed via Bayfield Street or from Cundles Road East.

Planned closure dates and times are as follows:

  • Monday, September 22 from 10:00pm to 5:00am Tuesday;
  • Tuesday, September 23 from 10:00pm to 5:00am Wednesday;
  • Wednesday, September 24 from 10:00pm to 5:00am Thursday; and,
  • Thursday, September 25 from 10:00pm to 5:00am Friday.

September 5, 2014

Construction work at Duckworth and Cundles may cause delays this weekend. Cundles Road to the Southbound Highway 400 ramp is expected to reopen this evening. Once this occurs, Cundles Road traffic will be permanently rerouted to the new curved alignment and Little Lake Drive will only be accessible from the new JC Massie Way. Signage will be posted to direct traffic through the area however, drivers should expect

August 29, 2014

JC Massie Way Construction is progressing with concrete curb and gutter installation. Works surrounding the stormwater management pond include landscaping and the retaining wall at the outlet structure. Structural work continues on the Highway 400 Southbound bridge with the recent concrete pour at the south abutment.

Cundles Road to Southbound Highway 400 ramp realignment has encountered an unforeseen conflict and reopening has been delayed until September 5, 2014. Detour signage is still in place and Cundles Road. Motorists destined for Southbound Highway 400 are advised to use Cundles Road and Bayfield Street to access the Highway. Duckworth traffic to Southbound Highway 400 is unaffected.

August 15, 2014

Cundles Road construction is progressing with the completion of base asphalt from Livingstone to the MTO property limit.  The Stormwater Management Pond is functionally complete and receiving storm flows.  JC Massie Way construction is on target with recent completion of the retaining wall and granular base.  Work continues on the Highway 400 Southbound structure, and ramp realignments are progressing well. 

Please note that the ramp from Cundles Road to Southbound Highway 400 is closed from August 16, 2014 to August 29, 2014 for reconstruction.  Detour signage will be in place and Cundles Road Motorists destined for Southbound Highway 400 are advised to use Cundles Road and Bayfield Street to access the Highway. Duckworth traffic to Southbound Highway 400 is unaffected.

July 11, 2014

Cundles Road traffic has been switched to the newly constructed south side, with work moving to the north side. New streetlighting on Cundles is expected to be energized in the coming weeks. The Stormwater Management Pond is nearing completion with final touchups happening on the side slopes and the clay liner before the storm sewers are permanently diverted into the pond.

The Highway 400 Southbound structure is rising out of the ground; construction of the centre piers progressing well and preparations for the two abutments well underway at the footing level.

April 3, 2014

Work has now restarted after a long winter season with preparations commencing for construction of the proposed southbound Highway 400 bridge structure. Limited access points to the work areas for bridge construction will see disruptions to traffic along Duckworth Street on either side of Highway 400.

Roadworks on Cundles Road and JC Massie Way are still essentially on hold until the snow melts. Various drainage components have been completed at the Stormwater Management Pond and the outflow channel, with work continuing as the weather permits.

With the restart of construction operations, delays should be expected. The City advises motorists to exercise added caution while driving through work zones and to reduce speeds. Alternate routes should be used to avoid the area where possible.

January 31, 2014

Temporary support and preparatory works for construction of the Southbound Highway 400 bridge structure is expected to commence as early as Monday, February 3, 2014 with crews having already mobilized in the past week. Widening of Cundles Road, construction of the Stormwater Management Pond and embankments for JC Massie Way are on hold pending an improvement in the weather, with possible work happening on the access road behind the pond starting as early as Monday, February 3, 2014. Winter maintenance of the gravel path along the north side of Cundles Road is still limited; pedestrians are urged to find alternative routes.

2013 Updates

December 20, 2013

Widening of Cundles Road has slowed with the onset of winter conditions, however underground works such as storm sewers, watermain and sanitary sewers have been completed. Construction of the Stormwater Management Pond and embankments for JC Massie Way are ongoing. Winter maintenance of the gravel path along the north side of Cundles Road is limited; pedestrians are urged to find alternative routes. The Contractor has scheduled a holiday shutdown between December 23, 2013 and January 3, 2014. Work is expected to restart as early as January 6, 2014.

December 6, 2013

Widening of Cundles Road is ongoing, and includes construction of underground works such as storm sewers, watermain and sanitary sewers. Excavation for the Stormwater Management Pond and embankment construction for JC Massie Way is ongoing.

October 17, 2013

Mobilization and preconstruction surveys are complete.Tree clearing for stormwater management pond and JC Massie Way is underway. Minor grading and storm sewer work on Cundles Road is commencing.

September 30, 2013

General Contractor has mobilzed to site. Preconstruction condition surveys ongoing.

Updates are added periodically & often shared via Facebook and/or Twitter.

Project Features

The roadway improvements this project implements includes:

  • Widening Cundles Road to 5 lanes plus a bike lane in each direction from Livingstone Street to Duckworth Street
  • Widening Duckworth Street to 5 lanes from Cundles Road to Bernick Drive/Rose Street
  • Adding a bike lane in each direction on Cundles Road and Duckworth Street from Livingstone Street East to Bell Farm Road
  • Changing the Cundles Road-Duckworth Street Intersection into a curve with the Hwy. 400 Southbound off-ramp “teeing” into the curve
  • Adding turning lanes between the Hwy. 400 off-ramps to create a 7 lane roadway under Hwy. 400
  • Replacing the existing Hwy. 400 bridge structure with a longer span to accommodate the wider Duckworth Street
  • Constructing a new roadway, J.C. Massie Way that provides access between Cundles Road and Little Lake Drive
  • Constructing a Storm Water Management Pond between Cundles Road and J.C. Massie Way
  • Adding sidewalk on both sides of Cundles Road to provide a continuous link from at least St. Vincent Street to Bernick Drive/Rose Street
  • Including audible pedestrian signals at the signalized intersections within the project
  • Adding more vehicle storage for the traffic signals at the northbound and southbound off-ramps
  • Phasing the construction project to accommodate the traffic generated by Phase 1 of the Mady residential-commercial development
  • Updating/renewing storm sewer, sanitary forcemain and watermain infrastructure to accommodate the growth and replace assets that have outlived their life cycle 

Schedule

Construction begins at the end of September/beginning of October 2013. The project construction is expected to be 3 years in duration, completed in late 2016. 

Phase 1 of the construction is intended to be complete within 12 months of construction beginning. Phase 1 includes a number of the features listed above. Some of the more significant features in Phase 1 are:

  • Widening Cundles Road to 5 lanes plus a bike lane in each direction from Livingstone Street to Duckworth Street
  • Changing the Cundles Road-Duckworth Street Intersection into a curve with the Hwy. 400 Southbound off-ramp “teeing” into the curve
  • Constructing a new roadway, J.C. Massie Way that provides access between Cundles Road and Little Lake Drive
  • Constructing a Storm Water Management Pond between Cundles Road and J.C. Massie Way
  • Adding more vehicle storage for the traffic signals at the northbound and southbound off-ramps.

Phase 2 will focus on replacing the bridge structure and widening Duckworth Street.

Phase 1 construction and Phase 2 construction may progress simultaneously. The timing of Phase 2 work depends on the project scheduling strategy of the general contractor.

Traffic During Construction

In general, the contractor is required to provide at least 1 lane for vehicular traffic in each direction through the construction site on Cundles Road and Duckworth Street for the duration of the project. The contractor is also required to provide at least one sidewalk through the construction site.

The contractor will have to close Duckworth Street between the Highway 400 off-ramps to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians for some activities such as when the existing bridge structure is demolished. The demolition will occur in two separate stages. The road closure and sidewalk closure for each demolition stage is anticipated to last no longer than 1 weekend.

The Public and Emergency services will receive communications when the road closures are scheduled and when the roads are re-opened to through traffic. Detour routes during the road closures and sidewalk closures will be signed on Highway 400, Highway 11, and within Barrie for the general public.

Background

This project is a team effort with the Province of Ontario, represented by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO), the Federal Government, and City of Barrie (Barrie) to improve the transportation infrastructure and traffic capacity in the area of the Highway 400-Duckworth Street Interchange.

In 2006, recommendations from an Environmental Assessment Study for Cundles Road widening from St. Vincent Street to Duckworth Street were adopted by Council. In 2007, recommendations from an Environmental Assessment for Duckworth Street widening from Cundles Road to Bernick Drive/Rose Street were adopted by Council.

In 2008, the MTO and Barrie agreed to join efforts and retain a consultant to prepare the detail design for improving the Hwy. 400-Duckworth Street Interchange and widening the roadways to accommodate the projected growth in traffic from expansions to Royal Victoria Hospital, Georgian College, significant residential developments, and commercial developments in the neighbourhood.

The estimated project cost is $42 Million, including detail design, utility relocations, and construction activities.


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