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Hotchkiss Creek Culvert Replacement

Innisfil Street: Brock Street to Tiffin Street

The City of Barrie Engineering Department is replacing the existing 1.5m culvert on Innisfil Street between Brock St. and Tiffin St. over Hotchkiss Creek. A larger open bottom box culvert is being installed in accordance with the City’s Storm drainage master plan. The larger culvert will reduce flooding during large rain events. 

Project Updates

June 5, 2020
Innisfil St. will be reopened by 5 p.m. today.

March 27, 2020
Major construction milestones have been achieved this month and the remaining project work will be completed over the next two months. Stormwater catchment and treatment infrastructure will be installed in accordance with environmental requirements, and watermain reinstated prior to the restoration of the roadway, sidewalks, landscaping and boulevards. The road closure will remain throughout the remainder of the project, with the before mentioned roadway and driveway restrictions. It is anticipated that the road will re-open to traffic in June. 

In light of recent developments related to ​COVID-19, the Project team is monitoring and assessing impacts to the construction schedule. 


December 19, 2019
The construction will continue until summer 2020 and the full road closure will remain in effect as well until that time. Only motorists requiring access to the properties in the road closure area will be permitted access. At times, direct access to driveways may be affected. Pedestrian access to properties will be maintained throughout the duration of this extended construction. An information bulletin will be delivered to affected property owners this week.  

November 20, 2019
Due to the ongoing project challenges and the time of year the construction will continue through the winter season.  It is anticipated that the project will be completed in summer 2020.

October 31, 2019
The project has been subject to a number of unforeseen challenges that has delayed the re-opening of Innisfil Street to the end of December 2019. The contractor will return in the spring to complete the final restoration works including sidewalk, asphalt and landscaping. The project is scheduled to be completed by June 2020.

August 14, 2019

  • After the existing culvert is removed, a new foundation system for the new culvert will be constructed after which the new culvert will be placed on this foundation. The roadway will then be reconstructed overtop the new culvert. 
  • The project also includes some additional roadway storm sewers as well as some creek work to direct creek flows in and out of the new culvert.
  • The works are scheduled to be completed by November.
  • Access to the adjacent plaza will be from the south off of Tiffin Street.

Project Features

Highlights include:

  • Removal of the existing CSP
  • Minor Utility relocations
  • Replacement of the culvert
  • Minor creek rehabilitation works
  • Minor tree removals and plantings
  • Restorations

Affected Services

Services including water, electricity and communication (telephone and internet) are not expected to be affected during this work. Should services needed to be temporarily impacted off during the work, the City will notify you in advance.


Pending budget utility relocations and permitting, the schedule is as follows:

  • Tree Removal March - 2019
  • Minor Utility Relocations - Spring 2019
  • Construction - Summer 2019 to Spring 2020​

Road Closure

The road closure is required due to the tight area constraints of the site. The new culvert will be constructed in generally the same location of the existing culvert. As well, the relatively narrow right of way means that through traffic can not be maintained during construction.

For more information, please see the Transit Notices

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