Tawnya GurchinSupervisor of Contract Administration, Engineering 705-739-4220 x4740Tawnya.Gurchin@barrie.ca
Dunlop St Corridor Improvements Environmental Assessment
Dunlop St PIC - Panels
Dunlop St PIC - Roll Plan
Dunlop St PIC - Streetscape Design Concept
The Dunlop Street improvements focus on safe pedestrian movements and accessibility throughout the Dunlop Street corridor (Toronto Street to Mulcaster Street) as well as ensuring area businesses are better serviced through enhanced lighting, visibility and service opportunities, as in the inclusion of on-road/ boulevard patios.
Dunlop Street is a vital component and attraction to downtown Barrie. With proposed intensification in the downtown, maintaining and enhancing this corridor is an essential component in the success of the downtown revitalization and the City of Barrie’s Downtown Commercial Master Plan.
The maps below outline the first stages of the construction locations and timelines:Preliminary Phase road closure (Aug. 19 to Nov. 8, 2019)Phase 1A road closure (Sept. 9 to Nov. 8, 2019)
*The contractor must have the first phase of construction completed by November 8, 2019 so the City can hold Remembrance Day ceremonies and the Santa Claus Parade.
As with any project, there are a few loose ends:
In addition to the listed outstanding work, Bell Canada needs to do work in the area to accommodate developments. Coordination with the Streetscape project is critical.
Hydro, telephone, cable TV, and gas services should
not be affected by the construction, barring any unforeseen circumstances.
• Sanitary sewer lateral servicing / replacement• Water servicingCurbside 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.
The road will be closed to vehicle traffic during construction. Advanced Notices and Detour signage will provided. Pedestrians will be able to access Dunlop St. the majority of the time (may be subject to limited access for short periods of time to accommodate construction). There will be one flagsperson/safety ambassador at each end of the road closure to help direct pedestrians. All businesses on Dunlop St. are open during construction.
For the next phases of construction, scheduled to start in March 2020, Barrie City Council approved a motion that two-hour free parking be provided in the Chase McEachern Way and Maple Avenue Central parking lots from March to summer in 2020, and from summer to winter in 2020. You must print a receipt from the machine and display it on your vehicle dashboard to be eligible for free two-hour parking.
downtown Barrie parking lots remain open during the construction project. Most downtown lots are five minutes or less walking distance to where the road is closed.
This project is vital to Barrie’s downtown—replacement of infrastructure (sewers, watermain and utilities) will ensure this area is ready for future growth. The streetscape construction will improve pedestrian experience and accessibility, while providing downtown businesses with more attractive, safe and accessible storefront areas. It will also introduce green infrastructure to reduce road pollutants from storm water run-off while providing fertile environments for the long-term health of street trees. Parking meters will be replaced with centralized ‘pay-and-display’ stations to modernize the street.
The project first underwent a Class Environmental Assessment and a public meeting was held on June 18, 2014 to present the Dunlop Street Improvement options. A meeting was held on April 19, 2018 as part of the detailed design assignment. In addition, several meetings were held with stakeholders such as the Downtown BIA and Barrie Fire and Emergency Services, as well as several updates to Council on the project progress.
The roadway improvements are part of the City’s capital plan for asset reconstruction. The streetscape elements/beautification are funded by the City, the BIA and the City’s Municipal Accommodation Tax (Tourism)
Yes, Phase 1A of the project is on or ahead of schedule for the underground and surface works. Dunlop Street will reopen on November 8, 2019. Some elements (eg. street furnishings, trees) will be installed after Nov. 8.
These will house the roots of the trees that will be planted on the street. The soil cells will allow the tree roots room to grow without pushing up into the sidewalk. The catch basins being installed will collect rainwater and help to water the trees as well.
Arnott Construction estimates that Phase 1B of construction (Owen Street intersection culvert, Owen Street intersection to Bayfield Street and Five Points intersection) will start in March 2020, dependant on weather. This phase of construction will continue into summer 2020. The last phase of construction (Phase 2 – Dunlop St. from Bayfield to Toronto) will take place from summer 2020 until winter 2020.
The Contractor, Arnott Construction Limited, has a full-time Project Ambassador to address concerns/issues:Nicole MauricePublic Relations Officer, Arnott705-735-9121 firstname.lastname@example.orgInquiries to Service Barrie, the City’s Customer Service Centre, are also welcomed. In addition, the BIA has assigned “Block Captains” to assist as well and ensure that downtown businesses are updated on construction activities. Refer to this web page or follow our social media channels for project updates.
Yes, downtown is open for business during construction! Dunlop Street will remain open to pedestrians during this time and we encourage Barrie residents and visitors to support local stores, restaurants and services.
Since some of the on-street spots will be effected by construction, the City is allowing up to two (2) hours of free parking on the fourth floor (P4) of the
Collier Street Parkade. You must print a Pay 'n Display receipt and display it on your dashboard. There will be 36 spaces available on P4 of the Parkade for the first phase of construction (until November 8, 2019). Parking solutions will be examined for the other phases of the construction project based on how the first phase goes. The Collier Street Parkade is accessible for those with mobility issues.
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