Nathanael Couperus, MAc, P. Eng.Engineering Project Manager705-739-4220 x4303Nathanael.Couperus@barrie.ca
City of Barrie and Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority staff have collaborated to develop a solution to reduce the potential of flooding from Kidd's Creek at Dunlop Street.
The preferred solution is to implement an open channel designed to contain the regulatory flow. This regulatory flow is based on the Hurricane Hazel storm and is greater than the 100-year storm event.
Last week, Dunlop Street West from Eccles Street to Toronto Street opened to traffic with a single lane in each direction. Barrie Transit resumed operating buses along the regular Dunlop Street route on Saturday January 8.
Construction will continue into early summer. There may be temporary lane closures and minor traffic impacts as utility work finishes in the area, and when final works, such as top asphalt, are completed in early summer. The south sidewalk will remain closed until the utility work is completed.
The project is nearing completion. Base asphalt has been placed on High Street, Bradford Street and Toronto Street to Dunlop Street. Top asphalt will be placed in the spring when weather warms up. All curbside collection has returned to the streets in the area.
The City is expecting a staged opening to begin by the end of this week, with one lane open in both directions. The contractor will require some lane closures over the next few weeks as they complete some final work.
Please be advised that Dunlop Street West from Parkside Drive to High Street will be open to local traffic and resume regular operation as of 5:00pm on Thursday, December 23, 2021.
The south sidewalk remains closed in this portion due to an Enbridge gas line relocation that is scheduled for mid-January. City waste collection services have resumed along Parkside Drive, Dunlop Street West, Bradford Street and High Street. The City is working with the Contractor to continue works on Dunlop Street West from Eccles Street to Parkside Drive. Please be advised that this portion of road remains closed to traffic.
Please be advised that Dunlop Street West from High Street to Toronto Street and High Street and Bradford Street from Simcoe Street to Dunlop Street West will be open to traffic and resume regular operation as of 5:00pm on Friday, December 17, 2021. Please note that the west sidewalk from Simcoe Street to Dunlop Street west remains closed and signage is in place directing pedestrians to use the east sidewalk of Bradford Street.
The City is working with the Contractor to continue works on Dunlop Street West from Eccles Street to High Street. Please be advised that this portion of road remains closed to traffic.
Dunlop Street W- Eccles Street to High Street Construction Update:
Dunlop Street W – Parkside Drive to Eccles Street
Dunlop Street W - High Street to Toronto Street
High Street – Simcoe Street to Dunlop Street W
September 28, 2021 Watermain, sanitary, and stormsewer work continues near the Kidd's Creek culvert. Watermain services are being connected to the new watermain. Construction on the wall near Eccles Street has begun. Demolition on the Fisher Auditorium is currently in progress. The creek section between Eccles Street and Dunlop Street is under construction.
August 9, 2021Watermain, sanitary, and stormsewer work continues west of High Street. Kidds Creek culvert installation has begun with piles, footings, and retaining walls, and precast sections being installed.
April 9, 2021Storm sewer and watermain installation has begun between Toronto Street and High Street. The road closure of Dunlop Street W between Eccles Street and Toronto Street remains in place. It is anticipated that Dunlop Street West from High Street to Toronto Street will be open by June 15, 2021 and Dunlop Street West from Eccles Street to High Street will be open by November 2021, weather-permitting.
March 16, 2021Work on Dunlop Street West is anticipated to begin on Monday, March 22, 2021, weather permitting. Work will begin with removals and excavation of the road to complete the underground work.
Dunlop Street West from Eccles Street to Toronto Street will be closed. It is anticipated that Dunlop Street West from High Street to Toronto Street will be open by June 15, 2021 and Dunlop Street West from Eccles Street to High Street will be open by November 2021, weather permitting.
Bradford Street is now open to traffic. On Bradford Street, the watermain work has been completed and base asphalt has been placed.
January 25, 2021The full road closure of Bradford St./High St. (between Dunlop St. W. and Simcoe St.) will be extended and is anticipated to reopen in February 2021. The storm sewer and box culvert work on Bradford Street is complete. The watermain work is on-going and anticipated to be complete by the beginning of February.
November 24, 2020The full road closure of Bradford St./High St. (between Dunlop St. W. and Simcoe St.) will be in place until the end of December. The new channel works on Kidd's Creek in the area southwest of the Dunlop St. and High St. intersection are complete. The new sanitary sewer at Bradford St./High Street is also complete. The construction of the watermain, storm sewer and box culvert on Bradford St. is ongoing and scheduled to continue into December. Paving will be done on High St. by the end of November. Once completed, High St. will be open to local traffic only.
May 29, 2020The full road closure of Bradford/High Street, between Dunlop Street West and Simcoe Street, will take effect at the beginning of next week (June 1). This road closure will remain in place this fall and detour signage will be in place to direct motorists. The Contractor is still carrying out the new channel construction works in the lands to the south-west of the Dunlop Street and High Street intersection; however, they will be commencing work in Bradford/High Street next week in preparation for the new sanitary sewer construction and culvert construction occurring on Bradford/High Street this summer.
The open channel construction work in the lands to the east of the Fisher Auditorium is ongoing (southwest of Dunlop/High intersection. Utility relocations on High/Bradford and at the High/Dunlop intersection are ongoing and should be complete in June. There are currently lane closures on both Bradford/High and Dunlop for the utility relocation work but the road is open to two way traffic. In June, when the full closure of Bradford/High is in effect, the contractor will carry out sanitary sewer replacement work on Bradford and other work in preparation for the new Bradford culvert installation this summer.
Dufferin Construction Company, on behalf of the City of Barrie, will be installing a sanitary sewer, box culvert and other infrastructure in the High St. and Bradford St. area. Lane and road closures of High St./Bradford St. between Dunlop St. W. and Simcoe St. will be in effect from April 27 to October 30, 2020. The intersection of Dunlop St. W./High St. will remain open so traffic on Dunlop St. will not be impacted by the road closure. The intersection of Simcoe St./Bradford St. will also remain open. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained and an alternate, temporary driveway has been provided for Barrie Fire Headquarters. No transit stops or routes are impacted by this closure. Review the
Info Bulletin for further details.
The temporary access road for Barrie Fire Headquarters has been constructed and the contractor has started excavation for the new open channel in the lands to the southwest of the Dunlop and High/Bradford St. intersection. The contractor will start working on Bradford/High St. in late April and a road closure will be put in place on Bradford/High St. between Dunlop St. and Simcoe St. In light of recent developments related to the COVID-19, the Project team is monitoring and assessing impacts to the construction schedule.
The initial phase of construction for the Kidd’s Creek Improvements Project is expected to commence at the beginning of February 2020. These initial phase works include the construction of the temporary access road for the Fire Hall and the construction of the new open channel in the lands to the south-west of the Dunlop Street and High Street intersection. Utility companies will be carrying out utility relocations during these winter months as well. There will be some traffic lane restrictions on Dunlop Street and High Street while these initial phase works are taking place; however both Bradford Street and Dunlop Street will remain open to two-way traffic.
Asphalt coring and testing for Dunlop St., High St.and Bradford St. will take place on Friday, Nov. 1. Asphalt coring requires the use of a rotary cutting tool to remove a cylindrical sample from the existing asphalt. If weather doesn't allow for the work to take place Friday, it will be scheduled for the week of Nov. 4. The work is anticipated to be complete within one day. There will be short duration lane closures on Dunlop St. during the work.
The Drainage Master Plan Update (2019) has confirmed the findings of previous studies of Kidd’s Creek and indicated that conveyance improvements are recommended for the section of Kidd’s Creek in the vicinity of Dunlop Street, west of Parkside Avenue. This section of Kidd’s Creek is being daylighted north of Dunlop Street and between Dunlop Street and High Street. The open watercourse solution also has significant environmental effect. Daylighting Kidd’s Creek provides opportunities to work with partners such as the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, MNRF and DFO to incorporate Low Impact Design (LID) drainage works and green infrastructure best practices to improve local storm water management issues.
The project includes:
The demolition of the buildings on the north side of Dunlop Street was completed in the summer of 2020 under a separate contract. The Kidd's Creek Improvements Project (Contract 2019-145T) commenced in the winter of 2020. The project is being implemented in a phased manner and the first phase of the project will include the following work:
Once these initial works are nearing completion, the works within the roadways will commence, including sewer and watermain replacements, new culvert constructions and road reconstruction/restoration. These works within the roadways are expected to be carried out through 2020 and 2021 and they will also be phased to accommodate in-water works windows, road closures, and other factors.
The project is expected to be totally complete in 2022.
Hydro, telephone, and cable TV services should not be affected by the construction, barring any unforeseen circumstances. Limited service interruptions for:
On their normal
curbside collection day, businesses and 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. Please mark your address on all of your containers.
Pedestrian access to properties will be maintained throughout the construction project.
A temporary access to Bradford Street will be constructed from Fire Hall No. 1 along the former Barrie Collegiate Lands
The roadway improvements are part of the City’s capital plan for asset reconstruction. Grants from the Federal Government have been received to cover property and natural disaster mitigation measures, totalling $3 Million.
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