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DESIGN PROJECT

Harvie Rd / Big Bay Point Rd / Highway 400 Crossing

This project is required in part to reduce existing traffic congestion and support growth in Barrie's south end by connecting Harvie Rd to Big Bay Point Rd across Highway 400.

Project Updates

August 2016

Below is the August 2016 updated on the progress of the detailed design associated with the new crossing over Highway 400 connecting Harvie Road and Big Bay Point Road:

  • Hatch has reviewed all of the background information.
  • Survey work has commenced to collect and update the ground model.
  • Monthly meetings have been held with MTO and Hatch to ensure the project will be delivered on time.
  • Traffic modeling has been initiated.
  • Preliminary plans for the crossing are being developed to determine the structure length and width and the span arrangements. This work will fix the abutment and pier locations along Hwy 400 and allow foundation investigations to commence in September 2016.
  • MTO is working on a draft cost-sharing agreement that includes:
    • the detail design of the Highway 400 resurfacing,
    • median barrier,
    • median drainage system; and,
    • pavement rehabilitation of the Essa Road Interchange ramps and the carpool lot (northwest quadrant of Essa/Ardagh Road).
  • Letters have been mailed to all agencies, First Nations and provincial ministries advising of the project.
  • Archeological, geotechnical, environment and heritage investigations are scheduled to begin in September 2016.
July 2016

The purpose ‎of the July 14, 2016 memo to Council is to provide a quarterly update on the progress of the New Crossing over Highway 400 connecting Harvie Road and Big Bay Point Road. A summary of the quarterly update is provided below.

  • The detail design assignment was awarded to Hatch Corporation,(Hatch)   on June 30, 2016.
  • The kick-off meeting between the City of Barrie and Hatch was held on  July 14, 2016,
  • Hatch has begun to review and collect all background information to ensure that the detail design is delivered on time.
  • A startup meetings with MTO have also occurred and MTO have been providing all of their background files and an internal mto team are supporting this project, Monthly meetings will be held with MTO and Hatch to ensure the project will be delivered on time. 
  • Traffic modeling and background reports are being reviewed and updated  
  • The consultant will also initiate the archeological work and environmental field investigations, surveys, and foundations investigations as early as mid-August onwards
  • City staff are working with MTO on a cost-sharing agreement to include the detail design of the Highway 400 resurfacing and includes median barrier , median drainage system, pavement rehabilitation of the Essa Road Interchange ramps, the carpool lot , northwest quadrant of Essa/Ardagh  Road.
May 2016

The purpose ‎of the May 16, 2016 memo to Council is to provide and update on the  progress of the New Crossing over Highway 400 connecting Harvie Road and Big Bay Point Road. A summary of the update is provided below.  

The Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) closed on January 21, 2016 and the City has pre-qualified the two consultants to proceed to the Request for Proposal (RFP) Stage.  The RFP for the Harvie Crossing Design Assignment was issued on April 8, 2016 to the two pre‑qualified consultants.

 The MTO advised the City in March 2016 that, pending confirmation through completion of the MTO’s environmental assessment process, there is no longer a center-line shift of Highway 400 planned at Harvie Road/Big Bay Point Road.  This resulted in several changes to the scope of work which were reflected in the RFP:

  •  Reduces the Highway 400 staging requirements for the construction of the Harvie Crossing;
  • Allows coordination of the MTO’s centre median barrier project;
  • The first stage of bridge construction will span the future 10-lane highway, rather than the existing 6-lane highway as was contemplated at the time of completion of the Class EA

In order to coordinate construction in the most effective way, the MTO’s centre median barrier work (from Mapleview Drive to Essa Road) has been included in the City’s RFP and will be included with the City’s construction contract.  The MTO will pay for their scope of work through a cost-sharing agreement with the City.

March 2016 

The purpose ‎of the March 7, 2016 memo to Council is to provide an update regarding plans to accelerate the construction of the New Crossing over Highway 400 connecting Harvie Road and Big Bay Point Road.

February 2016 

The purpose ‎of the February 8, 2016 memo to Council is to provide a quarterly update on the progress of the New Crossing over Highway 400 connecting Harvie Road and Big Bay Point Road.

Through Motion 15-G-200, Council approved the completion of the Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) for a new crossing over Highway 400 to connect Harvie Road and Big Bay Point Road and approved the design funding for the project.  The Notice of Completion for the Class EA was filed on October 16th and 17th 2015 as part of the mandatory 30 day notice period and no Part II Order Requests were received, which means the City may now proceed to the design phase of the project.  The next phases of the highway crossing project include design and approvals, property acquisition, utility relocations and construction. 

December 2015

The procurement process to hire a dedicated Project Manager is underway. An RFP was issued in November and the successful candidate will be announced in early January.  The next step is to issue a Request for Pre-Qualification document to shortlist consultants qualified to bid on the design assignment.

November 2015

The Phases 3 & 4 Municipal Class Environmental Assessment was completed on November 16, 2015. No Part II Order Requests were submitted so the project may proceed to the design phase.

Project Features

The Preferred Design Alternative for the Harvie Road / Big Bay Point Road crossing includes:

  • Harvie Road / Big Bay Point Road crossing over Highway 400
  • Removal of the existing railway crossing on Big Bay Point Road between Bayview Drive and Fairview Drive
  • Buffered bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides
  • Five (5) lanes in the interim and ultimate seven (7) lanes between Bryne Drive and Bayview Drive
  • Protection of land for a potential future Highway interchange

Schedule

During the design phase of the project, one of the objectives will be to identify opportunities to accelerate the project schedule, where possible, to advance the start of construction.  In the meantime, the schedule set out in the 5 year capital plan is as follows:

2016–2017 Design
2018 Property Acquisition
2019 Utilities
2020/2021 Construction to begin

Background

The 30-day Notice of Completion for the Harvie / Big Bay / Hwy 400 Class EA was advertised on October 16th and 17th 2015 in the Barrie Examiner. All associated reports can be reviewed via Completed Environmental Assessments.

As identified in the Multi-Modal Active Transportation Master Plan (MMATMP), transportation improvements are needed on the following roads to minimize traffic issues in other areas and to maximize the use of the new highway crossing, thereby reducing traffic congestions on Essa and Mapleview:

  • Big Bay Point Road, Bayview Dr. to Huronia Rd.
  • Harvie Road, Veterans Dr. to Bryne Dr.
  • Harvie Road, Essa Rd. to Veterans Dr.
  • Bryne Drive, from north of Caplan Ave. to south of Essa Rd.
  • Bayview Drive, Big Bay Point Rd. to Little Ave.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will residents be impacted by the increased traffic along Harvie Road?

The preferred design alternative minimizes impacts to residents’ driveways and utilities as it incorporates a shift to the north.

What happens if Highway 400 is widened after the Harvie Road crossing is complete?

The preferred design recommends the crossing be designed for the ultimate 7 lane configuration compatible with future interchange and the widening of the highway, but constructed for five lanes in the interim.

How much will this project cost?

The design phase is included in the 2015 Business Plan in the amount of $1.5 million.  Funding will be approximately $975,000 (65%) from development charges and $525,000 (35%) from the Tax Rate Capital Reserve.

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