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Bell Farm Road ROW Expansion

Reconstruction and widening of Bell Farm Road to 3 lanes, bike lanes and sidewalks from St. Vincent Street to Duckworth Street.

An environmental assessment completed in 2017 recommended adding additional vehicular capacity as well as pedestrian safety facilities including sidewalks and bike lanes. Bell Farm Road reached the end of its life and this work will also address the aging infrastructure as well as the deteriorating pavement condition.

Project Updates

September 17, 2021

Starting September 20, 2021, the contractor will be completing temporary road widenings along the north side of Bell Farm Road between Alliance Blvd East and Duckworth Street in preparation for the road reconstruction works scheduled for spring 2022.

The work includes the following:

  •  Removal of existing curbs on the north side of Bell Farm Road
  • Construction of an approximate 2.0m road widening towards the north

Work is expected to be completed prior to November 2021. During this time vehicle access to properties within the construction limits will be provided at almost all times during construction periods. On several occasions, however, direct access to driveways will be interrupted, due to driveway culvert replacement and road widening activities.

The Contractor must give prior notice of any imminent access restrictions to the businesses.
During the construction, some short delays (e.g. a few minutes) while driving through the construction area can be expected while equipment is maneuvering, trucks are dumping, etc. We ask for your patience in such instances.
Pedestrian access will be maintained during construction.

Previous Updates

August 20, 2021

Bell Farm Road, St. Vincent Street to Alliance Boulevard, is open to through traffic. The City of Barrie appreciates your patience and cooperation during this closure and is pleased to announce the early opening of the road. Reconstruction of Bell Farm Road between Alliance Boulevard East and Duckworth Street will take place in 2022.

May 27, 2021

As of May 17th, Bell Farm Road is closed between Alliance Boulevard East and Alliance Boulevard West. The closure is expected to be in place until August 31st, 2021. A traffic detour is in place to direct traffic along Alliance Boulevard around the closure. All businesses remain open. Access to #20, #40 and #50 Bell Farm Road is from Alliance Boulevard.  Access to #59 and #65 Bell Farm Road is through the east end of the closure. 

April 2021

Construction has started for the road reconstruction of Bell Farm Road between St. Vincent Street and Alliance Boulevard West. Work on the south side of the road has progressed and it is expected to be completed by mid May, followed by the construction of the north side of the road.

On May 17th, Bell Farm Road will be closed between Alliance Boulevard East and Alliance Boulevard West. This is expected to be in place until October 1, 2021. A traffic detour business signage plan has been installed to direct traffic along Alliance Boulevard. Access to all businesses will remain open via access from Alliance Boulevard.​​

March 2021

Through a competitive tendering process, the City has retained Primrose Contracting (Ont.) Inc. to complete the construction of the work. The City has also retained BT Engineering to complete the contract administration and inspection services for this project.

Primrose Contracting Inc. requires intermittent lane closures/restrictions/shifts on Bell Farm Road between St Vincent Street and Alliance Boulevard tentatively from March 29 to May 17 for works related to the reconstruction of Bell Farm Road.

November 2020

The City of Barrie Infrastructure Department has completed the design for the widening and reconstruction of Bell Farm Rd. from St. Vincent St. to Duckworth St. The City will be hiring a contractor in fall 2020.

Project Highlights

  • Roadway widening and reconstruction 
  • Elimination of roadside ditches and the addition of curbs and sidewalks
  • Addition of on-road dedicated bike lanes
  • Mid-block pedestrian crossing at Alliance Blvd.
  • Watermain and water service replacement
  • Storm sewer construction and storm water management improvements
  • Transit infrastructure improvements
  • Construction staging to minimize impacts
  • Roadway streetlight improvements
  • Replacement of the existing wooden fence between Cynthia Court properties and Bell Farm Road 
  • Removal of existing trees behind Cynthia Court to facilitate grading and construction works
  • Tree planting and landscaping between Cynthia Court and Bell Farm Road
  • Asphalt resurfacing of Alliance Blvd.

Project Schedule

The widening and reconstruction of Bell Farm Rd. (St. Vincent to Duckworth) is a two-year construction project and will be completed in two phases.

Complete August 19, 2021Construction of Bell Farm Road between St. Vincent St. and Alliance Blvd. E
September 2021Resurfacing St. Vincent & Bell Farm Rd Intersection
March 2022 – Oct. 28, 2022Construction of Bell Farm Road between Alliance Blvd. E and Duckworth St.

Traffic Impacts, Construction Staging and Driveway Access

The remainder of the project will be staged in two phases to minimize the disruption to residents and businesses. The road closures will be minimized and any closures will be controlled by traffic control persons to allow traffic through the work area.

Properties with two entrances can anticipate short term closures of one entrance at a time as infrastructure is installed past the driveways. Properties with only a single entrance will have temporary accesses constructed to allow for driveway access as the infrastructure is installed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Was the public consulted on this project?

Yes, during the design phase for this project, a Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 to:

  • Present the design drawings and construction traffic staging;
  • Provide an opportunity to ask questions to City representatives;
  • Provide input from members of the public on the detail design; and
  • Discuss concerns regarding construction activities.

The following material was presented at the PIC:

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