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CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

Harvie Rd / Big Bay Point Rd / Highway 400 Crossing

This project is 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. The crossing is expected to open to traffic in the Fall of 2020.

Road Closure

There is an upcoming road closure on Bayview Drive, from Big Bay Point Road northerly for approximately 220m.  Aecon Construction and Materials Limited (Aecon), the City’s contractor for the Harvie/Highway 400 Crossing project, requires a 3-week full closure to allow for the removal of the BCRY railway tracks across Bayview Drive just north of Big Bay Point Road, installation of underground utilities north of Big Bay Point Road (sanitary and storm sewers and watermain), and subsequent re-instatement of the BCRY railway tracks.  This road closure is scheduled to commence on Tuesday, April 23rd and is expected to last for a period of three (3) weeks (until Tuesday May 14th).

Project Updates

April 2019

Overall Progress to-date:

  • Alectra relocation of powerlines on the East side of Hwy 400 is complete; and work on the West side is almost complete
  • Bell relocation work is underway
  • Rogers and Zayo relocation work in underway
  • A 2.25m Culvert was  installed under Hwy 400 during the winter.
  • New water mains and sanitary lines have been installed.

Schedule:

  • Project remains on schedule
  • Open to through traffic in the Fall of 2020 as planned

Safety & Closures:

  • Harvie Road East of Veterans Drive is closed and is an active construction site.
  • Pedestrian safety in the construction site is a priority for the City of Barrie. All pedestrians are asked to respect the safety signage and not cross Harvie Road to access Beacon Road or Thrushwood Drive. Veterans Drive is the recommended alternative route for pedestrians.
  • The City continues to work with the local schools and the adjacent community to promote safety awareness in and around the construction site."
January 2019
    • Aecon and their subcontractors have mobilized and begun working as of Oct 3rd
    • Tree Clearing has commenced on both the east and west sides of Hwy 400
    • Stormwater improvements on the west side of Hwy 400 are underway
    • Alectra relocation of powerlines continues along Big Bay Point Road
    • Bell relocation work along Big Bay Point Road is planned to commence in November
    • Bell fibre relocation in the vicinity of the new west bridge abutment has been completed
    • Pedestrian safety around the construction site is a priority for the City of Barrie. All pedestrians are asked to respect the safety signage and find alternative routes surrounding Harvie Road as this is an active construction site.

Overall Progress to-date:

  • Stormwater Management upgrades west of Hwy 400 are completed.
  • Tree Clearing on both sides of Hwy 400 is complete
  • Culvert installation under Hwy 400 is underway
  • Alectra relocation of powerlines on the East side of Hwy 400 is complete; and work on the West side underway
  • Bell relocation work is underway

Schedule:

  • Project remains on schedule
  • Open to through traffic in the Fall of 2020 as planned

Safety & Closures:

  • Harvie Road East of Veterans Drive is closed and is an active construction site.
  • Pedestrian safety in the construction site is a priority for the City of Barrie. All pedestrians are asked to respect the safety signage and not cross Harvie Road to access Beacon Road or Thrushwood Drive. Veterans Drive is the recommended alternative route for pedestrians.
  • The City continues to work with the local schools and the adjacent community to promote safety awareness in and around the construction site.
September 2018
  • A construction kick off meeting was held with Aecon on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
  • Alectra utility relocations are occurring in the area around the Bayview and Big Bay Point Road intersection. Night work is occurring at times to minimize disruption to traffic.
  • Bell utility relocations are occurring on the west side of Highway 400.
August 2018
  • Tenders closed August 8, 2018. All bids fell within the City’s estimate for the construction. The award process of the contract is proceeding with an anticipated start of construction late September 2018
  • Opening to traffic is expected Fall 2020
  • All archaeology has been completed and approved by the Province
  • LSRCA has approved the Drainage Study and are currently processing the permit application
  • The access road contract for utilities was completed within budget in June 2018
  • Utility relocations are underway and expected to finish in 2019
  • Property acquisition is ongoing and will not impact the construction schedule
  • Liaisons with MTO, LSRCADFO are ongoing
May 2018
  • Clearing trees for the utility relocations was completed in March 2018
  • Archeological Study - Stage 4 Report on Fairview has been approved by the Province.
  • Drainage Study being finalized with LSRCA and MNRF
  • A contract to construct access roads for the utilities along Fairview has been tendered and this will be constructed in June 2018.
  • Utility Coordination approaching completion. Relocations expected to start in June.
  • The overall project tender is expected to be advertised in June 2018 and construction to begin in the Fall of 2018.
  • Opening to traffic is expected in the Fall of 2020.
  • Property acquisition is ongoing. All R-Plans deposited
  • Liaison with MTO, LSRCA, MNRFDFO and utilities is ongoing
March 2018
  • Clearing trees for the utility relocations has been completed
  • Archeological Study - Stage 3 Report was reviewed with Huron –Wendat and Forwarded to the Province for approval.
  • Drainage Study - being finalized LSRCA and MNRF
  • A contract to construct access roads for the utilities is expected in the Spring of 2018.
  • Utility Coordination design approaching completion. Relocations expected to start in June and be completed fall of 2018.
  • The overall project tender is expected to be advertised in the Summer and construction to begin in the Fall of 2018.
  • Opening to traffic is expected in the Fall of 2020.
  • Property acquisition is ongoing. All R-Plans deposited
  • Liaison with MTO, LSRCA, MNRFDFO and utilities is ongoing
2017 Updates (Design Project)
October/November 2017
  • 90% Design Submitted
  • Archeological Study - Stage 4 Field work was completed on the east and west side of Fairview Drive, just north of Big Bay Point Road. A Stage 4 assessment involves implementing conservation strategies for archaeological sites that are of cultural heritage value or interest.
  • Drainage Study - being finalized based on comments from LSRCA and City of Barrie
  • Clearing contract is being drafted
  • Utility Coordination ongoing
  • Property acquisition is ongoing (R-Plans should be deposited shortly)
  • Liaison with MTO, LSRCA and utilities is ongoing
  • Constructability workshop completed

September 2017

  • The 60 percent design has been completed by the Design Consultant and reviewed by the City.
  • Offers to purchase property have been sent to all private properties required east of Highway 400. Notice of Application: Expropriating land to accommodate a crossing over Highway 400 
  • The Stage 4 archeological field investigations were completed on Harvie west of Highway 400. Additional Stage 2 work was also completed on the east of Highway 400.
  • Utility companies are using the 60 percent design to develop their relocation plans. The Project team will continue to work with all utility companies to identify and address conflict points and confirm plans related to the relocation of utilities, as required.  Based on current timelines, utility relocations are expected to commence in the spring of 2018.
  • The Ministry of Transportation is preparing a draft cost sharing agreement for the design and construction for the following work:

    • Resurfacing of Highway 400, replacement of median barrier and drainage system upgrades between Mapleview Drive to Essa Road.

    • Pavement rehabilitation of the MTO carpool lot (southwest quadrant of Essa Road/Ardagh Road).
  • The City continues to have monthly meetings with MTO. MTO has reviewed the 60 percent design.
  • Detailed design is on track to be completed by the end of 2017.
  • Construction is on track for 2019 and 2020. City Staff are making every effort to advance the construction works.

May 2017

  • The Stage 4 archaeological field investigations started May 29, 2017. There will also be Stage 2 assessments done on the future utility corridors on Harvie Road, Big Bay Point Road, Bryne Drive and Fairview Road over the summer.
  • The general roadway cross section has been set at 2 lanes in each direction, a continuous left turn and with buffered bike lanes and sidewalks on each side of the roadway.
  • The City has initiated discussions with Property owners impacted by the design in an effort to reach a negotiated settlement.
  • A utility coordination meeting was held on April 28 with all utility authorities. Based on current timelines, utility relocations are expected to commence in the winter of 2018.
  • The City is working with the MTO to finalize design cost sharing agreement.
  • A construction cost sharing agreement will be developed after the design is finalized on the following items for Highway 400 from Mapleview Drive to Essa Road:Highway 400 resurfacing, median barrier and drainage system and the MTO carpool lot (southwest quadrant of Essa Road/Ardagh Road).
  • Detailed design is on track to be completed by the end of 2017.
  • Construction is on track for 2019 and 2020. City Staff are making every effort to advance the construction works.

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:

  • Site investigations for the bridge structure abutments and median pier are complete.
  • The Stage 4 archeological field investigations are scheduled to start May 29, 2017.
  • A utility coordination meeting was held on March 16, 2017 with Enbridge Gas.   The Project team will continue to work with all utility companies to identify and address conflict points and confirm plans related to the relocation of utilities, as required.  Based on current timelines, utility relocations are expected to commence in the winter of 2018.
  • City’s Design Consultant, Hatch has completed 30% design drawings for the Highway crossing.
  • City staff are reviewing the draft cost sharing agreement prepared by the MTO. The Agreement will cover  the design of the following items:
    • Resurfacing of Highway 400, replacement of median barrier and drainage system upgrades between Mapleview Drive to Essa Road ; and
    • Pavement rehabilitation of the Essa Road Interchange ramps and the MTO carpool lot (southwest quadrant of Essa Road/Ardagh Road)
    • Regarding and landscaping of disturbed areas, and pavement markings.
  • Detailed design is on track to be completed by the end of 2017.

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:

  • Site investigations for the bridge structure abutments and median pier are nearing completion.
  • The Stage 3 archeological report has been distributed to First Nations and other stakeholders. A Stage 4 archeological investigation has been recommended. The Stage 4 field investigations are expected to be carried out in the spring of 2017 once ground conditions permit.
  • The general roadway cross section has been set at 2 lanes in each direction, a continuous left turn and with buffered bike lanes and sidewalks on each side of the roadway.
  • A draft R-Plan for the northwest quadrant of the highway crossing has been prepared. Property appraisals and acquisition discussions with affected property owners have been initiated.  The draft R-Plans for the remaining quadrants will be submitted before the end of February 2017.
  • A utility coordination meeting was held on January 10th 2017.  A subsequent utility meeting has been arranged for February 24, 2017.  The Design Consultant, Hatch Corporation (Hatch), will continue to work with all utility companies to identify conflict points and determine timeframes for utility relocations.  Based on current timelines, utility relocations are expected to commence in the winter of 2018.
  • Hatch is completing the 30% design drawings including plans and profiles and will submit the entire 30% design package by the end of February 2017. 
  • The revised preliminary design report for the planning of the Harvie Road crossing and possible future interchange was submitted on February 3rd, 2017 for review by City staff and Ministry of Transportation (MTO).
  • MTO is preparing a draft cost sharing agreement to include the design and construction of the following items on Highway 400 from Mapleview Drive to Essa Road:
    • Highway 400 resurfacing, median barrier and drainage system; and
    • Pavement rehabilitation of the Essa Road Interchange ramps and the MTO carpool lot (southwest quadrant of Essa Road/Ardagh Road).
  • Detailed design is on track to be completed by the end of 2017.
2016 Updates (Design Project)

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

  • The draft  general arrangement drawings for the  bridge with abutments locations and span arrangements will be forwarded to MTO for review
  • Survey work has been completed and ground model data being processed
  • The traffic modelling has been completed and the final draft traffic report is being drafted.
  • The preliminary design draft report for the planning of the Harvie Road crossing and possible future interchange is being prepared. This will ensure a future interchange is not precluded.
  • MTO is internally reviewing the draft cost sharing agreement. MTO work includes the following items:
    • detail design of the Highway 400 resurfacing
    • median barrier
    • median drainage system; and
    • pavement rehabilitation of the Essa Road Interchange ramps and the carpool lot (southwest quadrant of Essa/Ardagh Road).
  • The Stage 3 Archeological site investigations now complete and report is being drafted
  • Foundations and geotechnical field investigation are currently underway
  • The risk assessment for both construction costs and schedule is being planned

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

  • Preliminary design of the structure has been initiated.
  • Topographical Survey work has commenced for both Hwy 400 and the Harvie Roadway extension.
  • Traffic modeling is underway.
  • City staff are continuing discussions with MTO on a cost-sharing agreement to include:
    • the detail design of the Highway 400 resurfacing,
    • median barrier,
    • median drainage system; and,
    • pavement rehabilitation of the Essa Road Interchange ramps and the carpool lot (southwest quadrant of Essa/Ardagh Road).
  • Archeological investigations are underway. The Huron-Wendat First Nation will have on-site monitors during the investigations.
  • Geotechnical , environment and heritage assessments are  also be underway.

August 2016
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:

  • Hatch has reviewed all of the background information.
  • Survey work has commenced to collect and update the ground model.
  • Monthly meetings have been held with MTO and Hatch to ensure the project will be delivered on time.
  • Traffic modeling has been initiated.
  • Preliminary plans for the crossing are being developed to determine the structure length and width and the span arrangements. This work will fix the abutment and pier locations along Hwy 400 and allow foundation investigations to commence in September 2016.
  • MTO is working on a draft cost-sharing agreement that includes:
    • the detail design of the Highway 400 resurfacing,
    • median barrier,
    • median drainage system; and,
    • pavement rehabilitation of the Essa Road Interchange ramps and the carpool lot (southwest quadrant of Essa/Ardagh Road).
  • Letters have been mailed to all agencies, First Nations and provincial ministries advising of the project.
  • Archeological, geotechnical, environment and heritage investigations are scheduled to begin in September 2016.

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 detail design assignment was awarded to Hatch Corporation,(Hatch)   on June 30, 2016.
  • The kick-off meeting between the City of Barrie and Hatch was held on  July 14, 2016,
  • Hatch has begun to review and collect all background information to ensure that the detail design is delivered on time.
  • A startup meetings with MTO have also occurred and MTO have been providing all of their background files and an internal MTO team are supporting this project, Monthly meetings will be held with MTO and Hatch to ensure the project will be delivered on time. 
  • Traffic modeling and background reports are being reviewed and updated  
  • The consultant will also initiate the archeological work and environmental field investigations, surveys, and foundations investigations as early as mid-August onwards
  • City staff are working with MTO on a cost-sharing agreement to include the detail design of the Highway 400 resurfacing and includes median barrier , median drainage system, pavement rehabilitation of the Essa Road Interchange ramps, the carpool lot , southwest quadrant of Essa/Ardagh  Road.

May 2016

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:

  •  Reduces the Highway 400 staging requirements for the construction of the Harvie Crossing;
  • Allows coordination of the MTO’s centre median barrier project;
  • The first stage of bridge construction will span the future 10-lane highway, rather than the existing 6-lane highway as was contemplated at the time of completion of the Class EA

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. 

2015 Updates (Design Project)

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.

Project Features

The Preferred Design Alternative for the Harvie Road / Big Bay Point Road crossing includes:

  • Harvie Road / Big Bay Point Road crossing over Highway 400
  • Removal of the existing railway crossing on Big Bay Point Road between Bayview Drive and Fairview Drive
  • Buffered bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides
  • Five (5) lanes in the interim and ultimate seven (7) lanes between Bryne Drive and Bayview Drive
  • Protection of land for a potential future Highway interchange
  • Harvie Road ROW Expansion:
    •  Replacement of the existing sanitary sewer
    •  Replacement of sanitary service laterals from the new sewer to property line
    •  Replacement of the existing watermain
    •  Replacement of water services from the new watermain to property line

Schedule

During the design phase of the project, one of the objectives will be to identify opportunities to accelerate the project schedule, where possible, to advance the start of construction.  In the meantime, the accelerated schedule set out in the 5 year capital plan is as follows:

2016–2017 Design
2017Property Acquisition
2018• Utilities
• Construction begins
Fall 2020 Crossing open to traffic

Costs

The costs of this project include design fees, utility relocation costs, property acquisition costs and the construction cost of the structure proper and approach roadways, as well as modifications to Fairview Drive. The current cost estimate for the segment between Bryne Drive to Bayview Avenue are $45 million.

Related Studies & Projects

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:

Area Network Improvements

 

Associated Road Improvements & Timing

Fairview Road

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, Harvie Road, & Bayview Drive

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.

Whiskey Creek

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 the work in a 5-month window, the contractor is planning to close Fairview Road and Big Bay Point west of Bayview Drive on June 1, 2019 and reopening to traffic on October 31, 2019. Depending on other aspects of construction, the timing could be moved into 2020.

 All roads are anticipated be open to traffic with a new crossing of Highway 400 by the Fall of 2020.

Background

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:

  • Big Bay Point Road, Bayview Dr. to Huronia Rd.
  • Harvie Road, Veterans Dr. to Bryne Dr.
  • Harvie Road, Essa Rd. to Veterans Dr.
  • Bryne Drive, from north of Caplan Ave. to south of Essa Rd.
  • Bayview Drive, Big Bay Point Rd. to Little Ave.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will residents be impacted by the increased traffic along Harvie Road?

The preferred design alternative minimizes impacts to residents’ driveways and utilities as it incorporates a shift to the north.

What happens if Highway 400 is widened after the Harvie Road crossing is complete?

The preferred design recommends the crossing be designed for the ultimate 7 lane configuration compatible with future interchange and the widening of the highway, but constructed for five lanes in the interim.

How much will this project cost?

The design phase is included in the 2015 Business Plan in the amount of $1.5 million.  Funding will be approximately $975,000 (65%) from development charges and $525,000 (35%) from the Tax Rate Capital Reserve.

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