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Essa Road Infrastructure Improvements

The limits of the Essa Road Improvements are from Anne Street to Gowan Street (approximately 600m) including Innisfil Street from Essa Road to Caroline Street. The contract was awarded to Arnott Construction Ltd. The overall budget is $8.85M including utility relocations, design and construction.

The Hotchkiss Creek Master Drainage Plan has identified that the stormwater drainage along Essa Road shall be conveyed out-letting to a previously installed storm system at the corner of Essa Road and Gowan Street. The pipe size ranges from 1.2m diameter to a 2.4m by 1.5m box. As a result of the large size storm system the sanitary sewer system must be lowered and new water services must be installed. The work to construct these elements will impact the full roadway requiring the complete reconstruction of the roadway including curbs and sidewalks.

Project Updates

August 24, 2017

The Essa Road project is progressing well. The contractor is nearing completion of the first phase of work, which included much of the underground utilities from Gowan Street to Burton Avenue. They are ready to move to the next phase of construction which will require road closures:

  • Essa Road, Anne Street to Gowan Street
    The intersections at Essa Road and Anne Street as well as Essa Road and Gowan Street will be open to traffic.
  • Innisfil Street, Essa Road to Caroline Street

The closures will start Monday, August 28 and be in place for approximately six weeks. Detour routes will be posted on the roadways surrounding the site to direct motorists appropriately. Access to local businesses will be maintained during the closure. Barrie Transit detour notice

The work on Essa Road is expected to be complete by December 2017, and various closures will be required as the project progresses into future phases.

June 28, 2017

Work is to commence July 4, 2017. The road closure and detour for Essa Road from Gowan Street to Burton Avenue will be in place July 4 until September 2017. Then Essa Road from Burton Avenue to Anne Street (including Innisfil Street from Essa Road to Caroline Street) will be closed beginning August 24 for approximately 5 weeks for road reconstruction. See Barrie Transit notice.

Project Features

The project includes:

  • Utility relocations
  • Sanitary sewer installation, including service replacement
  • Replacing portions of the existing watermain and services on the south side of the Essa Road
  • Concrete box culvert
  • Storm sewers and appurtenances
  • Boulevard restoration
  • Roadway replacement including concrete curb and gutter
  • Concrete sidewalks
  • Traffic signal replacement at the Essa Road and Burton Avenue intersection and the Essa Road and Innisfil Street intersection

Traffic Impacts

As a result of the deep excavations for servicing, dewatering for controlling the ground water, Essa road will be closed to through traffic. To minimize disruptions to local businesses and residents the project has been divided into two phases, phase one extends on Essa Road from Gowan Street to Burton Avenue and phase two extends on Essa Road from Burton Avenue to Anne Street, including Innisfil Street from Essa Road to Caroline Street Essa Road will remain open to local traffic requiring access to local businesses and residents. A detour route has been prepared and will be updated as the project transitions from phase one to phase two.

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