Todd Comfort P.Eng Program Manager
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This project was required in part to reduce existing traffic congestion and support growth in Barrie's south end by connecting Harvie Rd to Big Bay Point Rd across Highway 400.
Following the opening of the Harvie / Big Bay Point / Highway 400 crossing on June 24, a
virtual official opening ceremony was held to mark this important occasion.
The Harvie / Big Bay Point /Highway 400 crossing will open to the public today at 9pm.
The contractor has returned to the site after the winter shutdown and started construction. Opening of the Harvie Road Bridge to Big Bay Point is expected by late June 2021. Unfinished activities required prior to opening:
All roadwork on the east side of the bridge, including Big Bay Point Rd. and Fairview Rd., will be complete and open to traffic by late October. All roadwork west of the Harvie Rd. reservoir is wrapping up as well, and Harvie Rd. will reopen by the end of October.
The project contractor has made the decision to shut down operations for the winter at the end of October. While working into November and December may be possible, there is work that can’t be completed in low temperatures or under wet conditions. Work will be shut down over the winter months and will restart in spring. It’s estimated that the entire project will be complete by late June 2021.
Concrete pouring operation for the bridge deck was completed on Wednesday July 29, 2020. It took 18 hours to pour 1051m3 of concrete. The bridge when finished will be 104m in length and 31m in width,
approximately ½ a football field.
The bridge will have 5 lanes for vehicular traffic, 2 separate lanes for bicycles and 2 sidewalks for pedestrians
Opening the bridge to traffic from Harvie Road and Big Bay Point Road is on schedule for October 30, 2020.
Paving of the binder asphalt and pouring of concrete sidewalks is now complete from the future intersection of Bryne Drive and Harvie Road to Essa Road.
The contractor is continuing to build the earth fill embankments up to the bridge on the east and west sides of Highway 400.
The Project team continues to work safely within the COVID-19 restrictions.
On these days,
Highway 400 will be closed in both directions between Mapleview Dr. and Essa Rd. for intervals of 15 minutes between 10pm and 6am.
There are 26 girders to be installed, each being 2 metres high and about 45 metres long, 13 of them spanning the northbound lanes and 13 across the southbound lanes.
Over the last three months (January to March), the following work has taken place:
Harvie Rd. is reopen at the Thrushwood intersection for local traffic only. The intersection of Veterans and Harvie is fully reopened.
As a result of the recent cold weather and snow and the forecast for the remainder of the week, the anticipated schedule for the opening of Fairview Road has been pushed back to December 13, 2019
The Bayview Closure has been extended until May 24, 2019, weather permitting. The extension is due to several rain events and the additional work required due to the existing condition of underground infrastructure. Aecon will have all the underground sewers and water completed, the road widened, paved and curb and gutters in place when it is opened to traffic on May 24, 2019.
March 2017 Below is the March 2017 update on the progress of the detailed design associated with the new crossing over Highway 400 connecting Harvie Road and Big Bay Point Road:
February 2017 Below is the February 2017 update on the progress of the detailed design associated with the new crossing over Highway 400 connecting Harvie Road and Big Bay Point Road:
October 2016 Below is the October 2016 update on the progress of the detailed design associated with the new crossing over Highway 400 connecting Harvie Road and Big Bay Point Road
September 2016 Below is the September 2016 update on the progress of the detailed design associated with the new crossing over Highway 400 connecting Harvie Road and Big Bay Point Road
Below is the August 2016 update on the progress of the detailed design associated with the new crossing over Highway 400 connecting Harvie Road and Big Bay Point Road:
July 2016 The purpose of the
July 14, 2016 memo to Council is to provide a quarterly update on the progress of the New Crossing over Highway 400 connecting Harvie Road and Big Bay Point Road. A summary of the quarterly update is provided below.
The purpose of the May 16, 2016 memo to Council is to provide and update on the progress of the New Crossing over Highway 400 connecting Harvie Road and Big Bay Point Road. A summary of the update is provided below.
The Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) closed on January 21, 2016 and the City has pre-qualified the two consultants to proceed to the Request for Proposal (RFP) Stage. The RFP for the Harvie Crossing Design Assignment was issued on April 8, 2016 to the two pre‑qualified consultants.
The MTO advised the City in March 2016 that, pending confirmation through completion of the MTO’s environmental assessment process, there is no longer a center-line shift of Highway 400 planned at Harvie Road/Big Bay Point Road. This resulted in several changes to the scope of work which were reflected in the RFP:
In order to coordinate construction in the most effective way, the MTO’s centre median barrier work (from Mapleview Drive to Essa Road) has been included in the City’s RFP and will be included with the City’s construction contract. The MTO will pay for their scope of work through a cost-sharing agreement with the City.
March 2016 The purpose of the March 7, 2016 memo to Council is to provide an update regarding plans to accelerate the construction of the New Crossing over Highway 400 connecting Harvie Road and Big Bay Point Road.
February 2016 The purpose of the February 8, 2016 memo to Council is to provide a quarterly update on the progress of the New Crossing over Highway 400 connecting Harvie Road and Big Bay Point Road.
Through Motion 15-G-200, Council approved the completion of the Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) for a new crossing over Highway 400 to connect Harvie Road and Big Bay Point Road and approved the design funding for the project. The Notice of Completion for the Class EA was filed on October 16 and 17 2015 as part of the mandatory 30 day notice period and no Part II Order Requests were received, which means the City may now proceed to the design phase of the project. The next phases of the highway crossing project include design and approvals, property acquisition, utility relocations and construction.
December 2015 The procurement process to hire a dedicated Project Manager is underway. An RFP was issued in November and the successful candidate will be announced in early January. The next step is to issue a Request for Pre-Qualification document to shortlist consultants qualified to bid on the design assignment.
November 2015 The Phases 3 & 4 Municipal Class Environmental Assessment was completed on November 16, 2015. No Part II Order Requests were submitted so the project may proceed to the design phase.
Update posted June 30, 2021: The adjacent lands are no longer protected for a potential future highway interchange, as per the
Transportation Master Plan June 2019. The features listed below have been updated.
The Preferred Design Alternative for the Harvie Road / Big Bay Point Road crossing includes:
The total project cost is $76M. The limits of construction are from Essa Road to Bayview Road across Highway 400 along Harvie Road (west of the highway) and Big Bay Point Road (east of the highway).
There are a number of other projects to ensure the City has a well-connected network in South Barrie and specifically to maximize the efficiency of the proposed crossings.
The above projects create a connected network along Harvie Road from Essa Road to Huronia Road with access to Essa Road and Mapleview Drive West through Bryne Drive and Bayview Drive:
The Harvie Rd-Big Bay Point Rd Highway 400 Crossing project includes reconstruction of a portion of Fairview Road. The construction includes a new Fairview Road/Big Bay Point Road signalized intersection which will be 11m above existing ground to accommodate the grading required for the bridge crossing over Highway 400. Fairview Road will transition from the existing 2 lanes adjacent to the OnRoute Service Centre to 4 lanes approaching the Fairview Road/Big Bay Point Road signalized intersection and include a sidewalk on the west side of the roadway.
Big Bay Point Road (east side of Highway 400) and Harvie Road (west side of Highway 400) will have 2 lanes in each direction with a center turning lane, bike lanes and sidewalks. The project also includes adding lanes to the Bayview Drive/Big Bay Point Road intersection.
Other works include new culverts to the relocated Whiskey Creek, new storm sewers, watermains and sanitary infrastructure. There are strict environmental timelines which impact when work is permitted within Whiskey Creek from June to October.
In order to complete all in-water works, the contractor closed Fairview Road as of June 1, 2019 and reopened it December 13, 2019.
The 30-day Notice of Completion for the Harvie / Big Bay / Hwy 400 Class EA was advertised on October 16th and 17th 2015 in the Barrie Examiner. All associated reports can be reviewed via Completed Environmental Assessments.
As identified in the Multi-Modal Active Transportation Master Plan (MMATMP), transportation improvements are needed on the following roads to minimize traffic issues in other areas and to maximize the use of the new highway crossing, thereby reducing traffic congestions on Essa and Mapleview:
The preferred design recommends the crossing be designed for the ultimate 7 lane configuration compatible with the widening of the highway, but constructed for five lanes in the interim.
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