Daniel Vink Construction Engineer (705) 739-4220 x4362
The City of Barrie Engineering Department is completing the detail design for the reconstruction for Hurst Drive from Cox Mill Road to Golden Meadow Road. Due to poor drainage conditions, the road has severe rutting and multiple transverse depressions, resulting in poor ride quality. A geotechnical and hydrogeological investigation was completed between Cox Mill Road and Golden Meadow Road, and a full-depth reconstruction of the roadway structure was recommended. As part of this contract, the City has also included Asphalt Resurfacing on Hurst Drive from Bay Lane to Cox Mill Road.
Construction is commencing in late July 2019 and it is anticipated that the project will be completed in October 2019.
The Contractor is currently working on the excavation, subdrain installation and Granular 'B' road subbase placement on the east side of the road and it is anticipated that this work will be done by early to mid-next week (week of September 2, 2019). The construction of new curbs will then follow.
The section of Hurst Drive between Cox Mill Road and Golden Meadow has deteriorated to the point where it requires complete reconstruction (removal and replacement of the asphalt and granular base material). Unfortunately the pavement and road base have deteriorated more quickly than would have been expected, and the existing level of service is poor. This work will be extremely expensive, and disruptive.
The work on Hurst Drive between Golden Meadow Road and Big Bay Point Road was part of the City’s resurfacing program. Roads which are candidates for this program are generally newer and in better condition that those that require full reconstruction. This type of work is often equated with changing the oil in your car – periodic investment in preventative maintenance which extends the lives of roads and other assets and defers more costly investment. The cost of this type of activity is significantly less expensive than full reconstruction.
managing pavement city-wide, the City is challenged with balancing investment in reactive work such as the reconstruction of Hurst from Cox Mill to Golden Meadow, with undertaking the planned preventative work that is considered best practice. By undertaking the resurfacing treatment from Golden Meadow to Big Bay Point in 2017, we will have extended the life of the remaining road structure (base asphalt and granular material), maintained the level of service to the public, and prevented the road from slipping to the next level of deterioration, where rehabilitation would have been more costly and disruptive.
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