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Class Environmental Assessment Study

Bradford Street Corridor

The City has initiated a Schedule C Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) to identify multi-modal transportation and streetscape improvements on the Bradford Street corridor.

Status: The Project Team will be collecting feedback from Public Information Centre No. 1 to inform any refinements to the study scope and evaluation of planning alternatives. The next project milestone will be Public Information Centre No. 2 planned for late spring 2022. This event will detail the evaluation of the planning alternatives and present a preferred planning solution which will be used to develop design alternatives.

Consultant: The City has retained CIMA+ to complete the Schedule C Municipal Class Environmental Study.

Study Level: Schedule C Municipal Class Environmental Assessment

Public Input

Public Information Centre No. 2 – Late Spring 2022

A second PIC will be held in late spring 2022, where more detailed information will be presented including draft alternative evaluation and identification of a preliminary preferred alternative. Comments provided as part of PIC No. 1 will help inform that work. Meeting information will be posted on this webpage. Please sign up for the project mailing list to receive project updates.

Public Information Centre No. 1 – January 27, 2022

The first Public Information Centre (PIC) took place virtually on January 27, 2022, at 7pm. The PIC included a pre-recorded presentation followed by a live question-and-answer session. Please provide comments and/or questions regarding the presentation and information package linked below.

Recording of Public Information Centre No. 1

Pre-Recorded Public Information Centre Presentation

Bradford Street Class EA - PIC 1: Information Package

Notice of Public Information Centre No. 1: Newspaper Advertisement

Notice of Public Information Centre No. 1: Letter

Purpose

This project is following the requirements of a Schedule C Municipal Class Environmental Assessment to study multi-modal transportation improvements on the Bradford Street corridor. See study area.

This project is based on the recommendations contained within the City’s Transportation Master Plan that recommend widening the road from 4 lanes to 5 lanes with active transportation infrastructure. Key considerations of this study include:

  • Overall corridor operations for the 2031, 2041 and 2051 planning horizons for all road users (pedestrians, cyclists, transit and automobiles) including development of a potential phased approach to implement improvements in consideration of corridor constraints.
  • Assess opportunities to improve traffic operations and pedestrian safety at the intersections of Tiffin Street & Lakeshore Drive and Tiffin Street & Bradford Street.
  • Identify long range corridor protection requirements to accommodate growth for the 2051 horizon.
  • Examine options to improve the existing streetscape, provide streetscape guidance for developers and identify solutions for the ultimate streetscape.
  • This work will include the development of specific streetscape requirements for redevelopment that is occurring on the corridor.​

As of June 2021, this study is focused on long-range corridor planning and no immediate capital works are planned in the City’s capital budget; however, this study may generate recommendations for short term or accelerated capital improvements as well as the potential need for follow-on detailed studies.

Study Area

See image of study area. For the purposes of the Class EA study, the Project Team is considering existing conditions, traffic operations, problems and opportunities for the following sections:

  • Bradford Street from Dunlop Street to Tiffin Street
  • High Street from Dunlop Street to Bradford Street
  • Simcoe Street from Toronto Street to Bradford Street
  • Tiffin Street from Bradford Street to Lakeshore Drive

In doing so, all of the non-traditional intersections and their operations will be examined, allowing for a more comprehensive approach to considering possible improvements to the area as a whole.

Supporting Studies

The project includes the following supporting studies:

  • Traffic Operations Assessment Report
  • Natural Heritage Study
  • Stage 1 Archeology Assessment
  • Cultural Heritage Assessment
  • Stormwater Management Assessment

Depending on the recommendations of this project and proposed project implementation timing, additional technical studies may be required.

Key Project Activities

Activity Status
Project ProcurementCompleted
Notice of Study CommencementCompleted – Issued on June 24, 2021
Background StudiesCompleted
Develop Alternative Solution Underway
Public Input – Public Information Centre January 27, 2022
Assess Planning AlternativesWinter 2022
Identify Preferred Planning SolutionWinter 2022
Public Input – Public Information Centre (tentative)Spring 2022
Identify Preferred Design Solution
Public Input – Public Information Centre
Finalize Preferred Solution
Finalize Environmental Study Report  
Staff Report to Council seeking Approval  
Notice of Study Completion  

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the Class EA study recognize plans for the relocation of the City of Barrie Transit Terminal?

Yes, the study will plan for the future location of the Transit Terminal immediately north of the Allandale Waterfront GO Station. Planned layout and access for the Transit Station will inform decision-making within the Bradford Street corridor.

Will the City be consulting with Indigenous Communities?

The City of Barrie acknowledges the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg people, which include the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Pottawatomi Nations collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. We also acknowledge the Wendat Nation (Huron) who occupied these lands prior to the middle of the 17th century. See full Land Acknowledgement.

The City is engaging Indigenous Communities as part of the Class EA study, recognizing that they have a stake in the study process and outcomes and the City is committed to undertaking this study in a way that is respectful of the rights and interests of Indigenous Communities.

What is Active Transportation? What is Active Transportation Infrastructure?

Active transportation refers to the movement of people or goods powered by human activity. Active transportation includes walking, cycling and the use of human-powered or hybrid mobility aids such as wheelchairs, scooters, e-bikes, rollerblades, snowshoes and cross-country skis.

Active transportation infrastructure refers to physical structures and the built environment that support active transportation, such as pathways, bike lanes, multi-use trails and widened sidewalks. The most effective active transportation infrastructure provides a complete network that allows users to safely move through their communities and between destinations, from main streets to schools, parks, public transit hubs and residential neighbourhoods.

The City of Barrie Transportation Master Plan (2019) Technical Appendix B – Active Transportation Strategy (ATS) identifies Bradford Street for sidewalks on both sides of the road and proposed cycle tracks. Through this Class EA study, we will consider the ATS recommendations, associated right-of-way requirements and identify long-term property protection needs.

Has Capital Budget been reserved for Bradford Street improvements?

As of June 2021, this study is focused on long-range corridor planning and no immediate capital works are planned in the City’s capital budget. However, this study may generate recommendations for short term or accelerated capital improvements as well as the potential need for follow-on detailed studies.

Will properties be impacted by the project?

According to the City’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP), the future right-of-way widths for Bradford Street, Simcoe Street, Lakeshore Boulevard are identified at 34m and the right-of-way for Tiffin Street is identified at 41m. It is likely that improvements to Bradford Street and the intersections will result in property impacts. The extent of these impacts will be confirmed through the course of this Class EA study. The implementation timing of impacts will also be identified. All property owners within the study area will be consulted during the study.

Why is this study being undertaken?
Bradford Street is the primary arterial road corridor within the Urban Growth Centre. As the surrounding lands are being redeveloped and population densities increase, the City needs to ensure that adequate space (road right-of-way) is being protected to meet the future multi-modal transportation needs of the community. As a key link between downtown and the Allandale Mobility Hub, the future Bradford Street corridor is intended to include new cycling facilities, improved sidewalks and streetscaping, space for improved transit facilities – all providing more inviting and safe sustainable transportation options. Traffic operations will also be addressed through intersection and access improvements.

What type of cycling facility is being considered?
The City is following the guidance of the recently updated Ontario Traffic Manual (OTM) Book 18 in planning for cycling facilities.Given the primary objective to create a cycling facility accessible to all ages and abilities, we are considering a physically separate cycling facility. As illustrated in the PIC 1 Information Package, the Project Team has looked at a physically separated cycling lane, a multi-use path and a cycle track. Based on the Project Team’s review, the preliminary preferred option is the cycle track, located adjacent to the sidewalk. The Project Team is seeking feedback from the public on this option. A final recommendation will be made in the next phase of the study.

Why are roundabouts begin considered at Tiffin Street?
Because the Tiffin Street intersections at Bradford Street and Lakeshore Drive are close together, roundabouts offer a means of maintaining traffic flow, accommodating future traffic volumes and increasing safety by reducing the severity of accidents. However, the Project Team recognizes that roundabouts pose challenges to some user groups. The roundabout option will be fully assessed and evaluated against a conventional intersection design considering multiple factors and advantages / disadvantages to all users. The context and setting will be a significant factor in this assessment. Members of the public are invited to provide their initial feedback on the intersection options.

Why not consider a roundabout and conventional intersection combination?
The Tiffin Street intersections at Bradford Street and Lakeshore Drive are too close together to have safe and efficient operations with a combination roundabout and intersection. The double roundabout will maintain traffic flow. If the conventional intersections are selected as preferred, then traffic signals will be timed to allow for efficient traffic flow through the two intersections.

When will a final recommendation be made about the Tiffin Street intersections?
The design concepts and general footprints for the conventional intersection and the roundabouts is being shown at PIC 1 to provide the public with a general ‘view’ of what each option could look like and to solicit early feedback. As part of the next phase of study, the Project Team will be carrying out a multi-factor assessment that assesses each option against social, cultural, environmental, transportation/technical (including safety) criteria to develop a final recommendation. The recommendation will be presented at a future PIC for public feedback.

How many lanes will Bradford Street be in future?
The Transportation Master Plan (2019) plans for Bradford Street to remain at 4 travel lanes – 2 lanes in each direction. The City’s Transportation Master Plan (2019) also recommends additional roadway space for a either a two-way left-turn lane or median. The flexibility to provide a two-way left-turn lane in future could improve traffic operations and safety on Bradford Street, as traffic volumes increase with future growth. However, the City may also consider this ‘space’ for a median, future transit priority opportunities, streetscaping (street trees) or other uses identified in future as the area redevelops.

Based on early stakeholder feedback, an option to reduce the number of travel lanes to two – one in each direction, is now being considered as an Alternative Solution and will be assessed along with other possible solutions in terms of how it can meet multi-modal objectives and future needs of Bradford Street, and the function of Bradford Street within the downtown transportation network.

How are impacts to heritage resources being addressed?
All possible impacts to potential, listed and designated heritage resources will be addressed within the regulatory requirements of the Ontario Heritage Act and City of Barrie heritage policies. As part of the Urban Growth Centre, Bradford Street will continue to undergo significant transformation that will likely see some of the original dwellings removed for redevelopment. The plan for increasing density in the Urban Growth Centre is mandated by the provincial growth plan and consistent with the City’s planning policies. In planning for intensification, the City has ensured that primary heritage area associated with the Allandale neighbourhood remains outside of the intensification area.

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