Todd Comfort P.Eng Program Coordinator (705) 739 4220 x4458
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.
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).
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.
The Preferred Design Alternative for the Harvie Road / Big Bay Point Road crossing includes:
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:
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.
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 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.
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 alternative minimizes impacts to residents’ driveways and utilities as it incorporates a shift to the north.
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.
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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