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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: Notice of Study Commencement was issued on June 24, 2021.

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

Study Level: Schedule C Municipal Class Environmental Assessment

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
Background StudiesUnderway
Develop Alternative Solution  
Public Input – Public Information Centre – Fall 2021  
Identify Preferred Solution  
Public Input – Public Information Centre – Spring 2021  
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.

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