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Road Construction Project

Dunlop Street: Kidd's Creek Culvert Replacement

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. 

Project Updates

September 10, 2020
The full road closure of Bradford St./High St., between Dunlop St. W. and Simcoe St., will continue until December. The channel works on Kidd’s Creek in the lands to the southwest of Dunlop St. and High St. are complete, waiting final restoration. Installation of a new sanitary sewer and culvert construction on Bradford St./High street is ongoing. Watermain and storm sewer construction on Bradford St, south of the High St. intersection, is scheduled to begin in October. ​

Previous Updates

May 29, 2020
The 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.​

May 14, 2020

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.

April 16, 2020

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. 

March 27, 2020

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.

January 21, 2020

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.

October 31​, 2019

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 Dunlo​p St. during the work.

Project Features

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 day​​lighted 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:

  • Demolition of buildings (formerly Knights Inn and Sticky Fingers) on the north side of Dunop Street
  • Construction of temporary access for Fire Hall No. 1 to Bradford Street
  • Creek realignment new okpen channel construction on the north and south sides of Dunlop Street
  • Sewer and watermain relocations/replacements on Dunlop Street from east of Eccles Street to Toronot Street and on High/Bradfor Strees from Dunlop Street to north of Simcoe Street
  • Construction of new concrete culverts under Dunlop Street and Bradford Street
  • Road reconstruction/restoration within the project limits on Dunlop Street and Bradford Street
  • Utility relocations


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:

  • Construction of the temporary Fire Hall access road to Bradford Street
  • Construction of the new open channel between Dunlop Street and Bradford Street
  • Utility relocations by utility companies

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.

Affected Services

Hydro, telephone, and cable TV services should not be affected by the construction, barring any unforeseen circumstances. Limited service interruptions for:

  • Sanitary sewer lateral servicing / replacement
  • Water servicing
  • Natural gas

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.

Traffic Impacts and Access to Properties 

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.

Frequently Asked Questions
How will Fire Services be accommodated due to the road closure?

A temporary access to Bradford Street will be constructed from Fire Hall No. 1 along the former Barrie Collegiate Lands

Who is paying for this project?

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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