The 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.
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, City of Barrie Contract 2019-145T, will commence in the winter of 2020. The project will be 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:
Curbside collection will
not be affected. 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.
Both Dunlop Street and High/Bradford Street will remain open to two-way traffic during the initial phase works being completed during the winter of 2020. There will be local lane restrictions in place as required.
Full road closures will be implemented to allow for the major construction work within High/Bradford Street and Dunlop Street; however these road closures will be phased. The timing of these road closures is dependent on the in-water works windows, the timing of utility relocations and other factors. Notices will be issued in advance of each road closure and detour signage will be installed to direct motorists around road closure areas.
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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