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Construction Project

Duckworth Street Improvements
Melrose Avenue to St. Vincent Street

The work is the reconstruction of Duckworth Street from Melrose Avenue to St. Vincent Street, approximately 1500 metres, including: excavation, granulars, asphalt, curb and gutter, new storm sewer, new watermain and services and replacement sanitary sewer and laterals.

Note: Improvements of Duckworth between Melrose Ave and Bell Farm Rd are planned for completion in 2020.

Project Updates

May 17, 2019

  • Duckworth Street is closed to through traffic from Steel Street/Wellington Street to Codrington Street. The contractor will be continuing to install watermain and storm and sanitary sewers followed by curb, sidewalk and asphalt roadway. 
  • Codrington at Duckworth will be closed on May 23 to through traffic. At that time, the intersection of Duckworth/Penetang will be open to through traffic and transit -- but will not be paved.

April 15, 2019

Construction on Duckworth Street starts up again Monday, April 15. The work will continue where it left off last Fall. Duckworth Street will initially be closed to through traffic from Steel St./Wellington St. to Codrington St. The contractor will be continuing to install watermain and storm and sanitary sewers followed by curb, sidewalk and asphalt roadway.

There is detour signage in place to direct motorists around the road closure. Emergency and service vehicle access is to be maintained at all times as well as the local access to the adjacent residential properties. Efforts are being made to maintain cross traffic thru some intersections along Duckworth as the project progresses to minimize impacts of the closure. Closures, lane restrictions and intersection delays are to be anticipated over the remainder of the project that is expected to continue until July 2019. 

Barrie Transit Bus Rouse 3 will be detoured during this construction. Visit for more details on the detour route.

December 7, 2018

Underground works including watermain, sanitary sewer and storm sewer and all service connections on Duckworth Street from Melrose Avenue to Strabane Avenue are completed. This section has been paved and will be opened to traffic by early next week. The Contractor will not be working through the winter and will be leaving the site for winter. The City of Barrie will now look after the winter maintenance in this section. The site will be cleaned up prior to the Contractor leaving the site. The Contractor will return in the spring to complete the remaining work from Strabane Avenue to St. Vincent Street and complete any restoration work such as curb and sidewalks that were not completed this year.

November 29, 2018

The underground works on Duckworth have been completed from Melrose Ave to Strabane Ave.
The Contractor has started restoration of the road base and commenced setting the road to final elevations. Asphalt paving is tentatively scheduled for December 6.

November 23, 2018

The Contractor has completed all sanitary and watermain works for the year and is currently working southward installing the storm sewer. The storm sewer has been installed between Melrose Ave. and Queen St and is anticipated to be completed by Nov 28. Roads works will begin after the storm sewer is completed for this year.

November 15, 2018

The Contractor has completed the installation of sanitary sewer and watermain from the north project limits to the intersection of Strabane Ave. The Contractor is currently installing storm sewer from the north limits working southward and has completed the installation to the intersection of Melrose Ave. It is anticipated that the storm sewer will be completed to Strabane Ave. by the end of next week.

November 2, 2018

The Contractor has completed the sanitary and watermain installation north of Queen St and has commissioned the watermain in that area. The Contractor commenced watermain and sanitary sewer installation southward from Queen St and should have those services installed to Strabane Ave by the end of the week.

October 26, 2018

The Contractor has completed the sanitary and watermain installation on Duckworth to the north limits of the project and is commencing commissioning of the watermain between Queen St and Melrose Ave.

The Contractor has just commenced installation of watermain and sanitary sewer on Duckworth south of Queen St. working towards completing those services to Penetang St. in the next couple of weeks.

October 18, 2018

The Contractor is continuing the installation of the watermain and sanitary sewer and associated services northward on Duckworth St from Queen St. The watermain and sanitary sewer are complete from Queen Street to Melrose Avenue, with approximately 50 metres north of Melrose remaining.

After the section north of Queen Street is completed, the Contractor will begin working southward from Queen Street installing the watermain and sanitary sewer while the new watermain is commissioned from Queen to Melrose. New water services will be connected after the watermain has been commissioned. Storm sewer installation will begin after the new watermain has been commissioned.

October 4, 2018

Work on Duckworth is progressing but the weather has been causing delays to the project. Watermain and water services on Queen St have been installed and the road base has been excavated and granular material placed. The Contractor is continuing to install the watermain and sanitary sewers and associated service laterals on Duckworth St northward from Queen St and is excavating the road base on the west side of Duckworth and placing granular road base material.

Sept 27, 2018

Duckworth St has been closed between Strabane Ave ‎and Wellington St. Queen St and Melrose Ave are closed at Duckworth. Detour routes are posted. Installation of sanitary sewer and watermain has commenced in this section of Duckworth St.

Sept 11, 2018

Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, September 17, 2018 on Duckworth from Melrose to Napier. This section will be closed for the duration of the work. This section is scheduled to be completed by mid-November, weather dependent.  Bus Rouse 3 will be detoured during this closure (see the detour map in Downloads for more information).

Project Features

  • Replacement of the existing sanitary sewer 
  • Replacement of sanitary service laterals from the new sewer to property line 
  • Replacement of the existing watermain 
  • Replacement of water services from the new watermain to property line 
  • Installation of a new local storm sewer system 
  • Reconstruction of the road surface including granular base, subdrains, concrete curb and gutter, and asphalt surface


The construction road closures will consist of two phases: firstly from immediately north of Napier Street to the north limit of the project immediately north of Melrose Avenue; and secondly from St. Vincent Street to north of the Napier Street intersection.  The first phase will be completed to base asphalt before construction starts on the second phase in Spring 2019.

Duckworth Street will be open for the winter season on either new base asphalt or existing asphalt.

Affected Services

Sanitary sewer, hydro, gas, telephone and cable TV services should not be affected by the construction, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Water service may be interrupted for just a short duration in order to switch the water service over from the old watermain system to the new watermain system. Notice of timing of any planned water interruption will be provided in advance of such occurrence.

Curbside collection will not be affected. On your normal curbside collection day, area residents are asked to place all garbage, organics, recyclables and yard waste materials at the front of the property as usual. The construction contractor will remove these items and take them to outside of the construction zone for pickup by the City’s waste contractor. Garbage cans, organic bins and recycling boxes will be returned to the property later that day. Please mark your address on all of your containers.

Access to Properties

Access for emergency service vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Vehicle access to properties within the construction limits will be provided at almost all times throughout the construction period, however on various occasions direct access to driveways may be restricted.  Access to driveways will be restored as quickly as possible after the work causing the restriction is completed.

Pedestrian access to properties will be maintained throughout the duration of the construction.


The contractor is required to conduct his work in a safe manner, including fencing of deep excavations, etc. We ask that you take extra caution during the construction period to ensure everyone’s safety.



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