Julia VanderkuylenEngineering Project ManagerInfrastructure705-739-4220 x4449Julia.Vanderkuylen@barrie.ca
Environmental Assessment: Dunlop St Corridor Improvements
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Streetscape Design Concept
The Dunlop Street improvements focus on safe pedestrian movements and accessibility throughout the Dunlop Street corridor (Toronto to Mulcaster), as well as ensuring area businesses are better serviced through enhanced lighting, visibility and service opportunities.
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 downtown revitalization and the City’s
Downtown Commercial Master Plan.
All businesses on Dunlop Street are accessible during construction,
but may be impacted by the
Provincial Government’s list of essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many downtown Barrie restaurants and cafes are offering takeout/delivery service, and some stores have online shopping. Find participating businesses using the interactive map.
The street remains open to pedestrians, but please practise physical distancing. There will be one safety ambassador at each end of road closures to help if needed. We encourage residents and visitors to support local stores, restaurants and services.
Are you a downtown business owner affected by construction? For daily and weekly construction updates, visit the Barrie BIA's website.
Two-hour free parking is available at the
Chase McEachern Way (including 15 Bayfield Street lot) and Maple Avenue Central parking lots from March until the end of construction (scheduled for November 2020). You must print a receipt from the machine and display it on your vehicle dashboard to be eligible for free two-hour parking.
All other downtown parking lots remain open for paid parking. Most downtown lots are five minutes or less walking distance to where the road is closed.
March 30, 2020The sanitary sewer installation and watermain installation on Owen St. is complete. Installation of the box culvert on Owen St. will continue this week. Temporary street lights have been changed to permanent street lights from Poyntz St to Owen St. Continued work on soil cells and tree pits between Mulcaster St. and Owen St. will take place this week, as well as removals from Owen St. to Clapperton St. In light of recent developments related to COVID-19, the project team is monitoring and assessing impacts to the overall project schedule.
March 27, 2020Notice of an interruption of water supply, scheduled to occur on Sunday, March 29 and Monday, March 30, has been distributed to impacted businesses and residences: Dunlop St. E. from 50 Dunlop St. E. to Mulcaster St., and Owen St. from Collier St. to Dunlop St. E.
March 20, 2020Work has been done in the section on Dunlop St. near Owen St. to facilitate installation of a new waterm ain and removal of an existing one, as well as sanitary sewer and storm box culvert work. There has also been additional soil cell and tree pit work in the first section of construction. Construction will advance next week into the next section of Dunlop St. (from Owen St. to Clapperton St.). Starting March 23, construction fencing will be extended from Owen St. to Clapperton St. Box culvert construction at Owen St. will start next week. Dunlop St. will be closed to vehicular traffic from Owen St. to Clapperton St. There will be no through vehicular traffic from Mulcaster St. to Clapperton St. Local traffic only will remain from Mulcaster St. to Owen St. and pedestrian access through the construction zone will be maintained.
Notice of an Interruption of Water Supply, scheduled to occur on Thursday, March 5, has been distributed to impacted businesses and residences: Dunlop St. E. from 50 Dunlop to Mulcaster; Owen St. from Collier to Dunlop.
Trees, plants and planters will be installed in the spring. Some work in the boulevard areas will take place, such as digging at each tree location to install the tree grate system and replacing the temporary asphalt with concrete. The temporary asphalt sidewalks that are installed in the transitional areas (near the Owen St. intersection) will be replaced with permanent sidewalk. The final top layer asphalt will be paved on the road from Poyntz St. to Toronto St. at the end of the project this fall.Bell Canada has been doing utility work over the winter months (January through to early March) in the intersection of Owen/Dunlop St. The Bell winter work requires a closure of Owen St. The expected completion of this work is early March, but Owen St. will remain closed from Collier to Dunlop (local traffic only) for the next phase of construction.
The first phase of construction took place on Dunlop St. (Poyntz to east of Owen) from August to November 2019. Below are the archived updates posted to this webpage during that time.
November 15, 2019
Pay n' Display parking meters were installed on Nov. 14 and on-street parking is available. There will be a full lane closure of the westbound lane on Dunlop Street West between Bayfield Street and Maple Avenue, starting on November 18 at 7 a.m. until November 20, 2019 at 7 PM. The lane closure is required to upgrade Bell utilities infrastructure.
November 8, 2019
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.
November 1, 2019
October 18, 2019
October 4, 2019
September 20, 2019
September 4, 2019
Owen St. intersection
Active construction area: Owen–Clapperton
Five Points intersection works will start once Owen intersection opens in June.
No through traffic: Mulcaster–Clapperton.
Local traffic is permitted up to intersection closures; these areas are dead ends.
Print-Friendly Map: Stage 1 Traffic Impacts
Interactive Map: Stages & Traffic Flow
Five Points intersection
Toronto St. intersection
Active construction areas:• Clapperton–Maple
No through traffic:• Owen–Maple• Mary–Toronto.
Print-Friendly Map: Stage 2 Traffic Impacts
Mary St. intersection
Maple Ave. intersection
Active construction area:
No through traffic: Maple–Mary.
Print-Friendly Map: Stage 3 Traffic Impacts
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.
Project features include:
Hydro, telephone, cable TV, and gas services should
not be affected by the construction, barring any unforeseen circumstances.
There will be limited service interruptions for sanitary sewer lateral servicing / replacement and water servicing.Curbside collectionis
NOT 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 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)
The first phase of construction took place on Dunlop St. (Poyntz to east of Owen) from August to November 2019.
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.
The Contractor, Arnott Construction Limited, has a full-time Project Ambassador to address concerns/issues:Nicole MauricePublic Relations Officer, Arnott705email@example.comInquiries 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.
There are two lots allocated for free two-hour parking during construction:
Chase McEachern Way lot and Maple Avenue Central lot. The free parking starts in March 2020 and carries through until the end of the project. People using the free parking option MUST print and display a receipt to be eligible for the free parking.
There will be no option for businesses to open patios in the Owen to Toronto section in 2020. The full road construction work from Owen to Toronto will affect the patio season, including side streets. If construction was shifted outside of the patio season, the contractor would not be able to meet the November 2020 deadline.
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