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Road Construction Project, EN1322

​Anne Street Bridge Replacement

A new bridge will be constructed at the crossing of Anne Street over highway 400. The existing crossing is closed from Edgehill Drive to Donald Street for the full duration of construction.

This construction project is being led by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and includes significant roadwork on highway 400, generally from Dunlop Street to St. Vincent Street.

Project Updates

February 2022

Construction is progressing well, with both the east and west abutments now constructed. Limited bridge work is occurring during the winter months. Crews are expected to resume construction in Spring 2022. The project is on track to be completed and the bridge is expected to open by late 2022, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Motorists are reminded to follow the signed detour route currently in place and to drive cautiously when approaching the limits of the construction zone on Anne Street and through the construction zone along. Barrie's Transit pedestrian shuttle remains in service to take pedestrians across Highway 400 during the bridge closure.

Bridge under construction Bridge under construction 

Previous Updates

November 2021

The first major stage of highway 400 construction is complete. The west abutment for the new Anne Street bridge is built, and work has begun on the east abutment. Highway 400 construction will continue through fall until winter shutdown. ​

May 11, 2021

The 18-month closure of Anne Street from Edgehill Drive to Donald Street will begin the night of Saturday May 29, 2021. The bridge will be demolished the following weekend, overnight on Saturday June 5, 2021.

May 6, 2021

The MTO construction contractor has already begun preparations to start work on highway 400. The Anne Street closure date will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Project Features

This MTO project includes the following:

  • Demolition of the existing Anne Street bridge
  • Replacement of  Anne Street bridge with a larger structure that includes wide sidewalks and a wider bridge deck to improve traffic operations and active transportation.
  • Improvements at the Anne/Edgehill and Anne/Donald intersections.
  • Major work on highway 400 to make way for the new bridge, which will be large enough to accommodate a wider highway 400 in the future.

Anticipated Schedule

Spring 2021Construction Start
Fall 2022​Construction End

Impacts to Vehicular, Transit, & Pedestrian Traffic

The MTO has closed Anne Street between Edgehill Drive and Donald Street (excluding intersections) for the replacement of the Anne Street Bridge at highway 400. The bridge is closed for the full duration of the project. This means that vehicles and pedestrians are unable to cross highway 400 at Anne Street. City and MTO staff developed plans for alternative vehicular traffic, Barrie Transit, and pedestrian travel routes:

Vehicular Traffic Impacts


For local vehicular traffic, motorists are directed through a signed route around the construction zone.  Notification and directional signs were in place well in advance of construction and will remain throughout construction. The signed detour route is generally via Dunlop Street, Ferndale Drive, and Edgehill Drive.

Barrie Transit Impacts


Two transit routes cross highway 400 at Anne Street: Route 5 and Route 8. During construction, these routes were modified to avoid this crossing but still maintain service to stops on either side of highway 400. The changes were implemented as soon as Anne Street is closed. Additional details of the route and schedule changes are available on Transit Service Notices.

Pedestrian Impacts


Due to the significant pedestrian activity in the area and the lack of options for pedestrians to cross highway 400 during the bridge closure, a Free Pedestrian Shuttle is being offered by the City and MTO through conventional transit service to designated stops on either side of the bridge.

The free bus shuttle uses the modified Route 5 to service free stops at Edgehill Drive and Wellington Street. The shuttle makes stops at the two free board stops every 30 minutes. Details are available at Transit Service Notices. See map showing the location of the two free stops.

All Conventional Barrie Transit buses are wheelchair accessible, and the two free stops are accessible stops.

Other Affected Services

No other City services are anticipated to be impacted by this project.

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