Rachel Graham, C.E.T. Engineer
The established road widening along Mapleview Drive East from Country Lane to Madelaine Drive will be continued to Yonge Street.
This work is needed to widen the road to accommodate traffic volumes and install underground pipes and sewers that will service development in south Barrie.
Construction on Mapleview Drive East from Madelaine Drive to Yonge Street is progressing well. A temporary lane was added on September 21 to allow for two lanes of traffic.
As the project progresses, drivers should be aware of the following upcoming closures:
Lane closures will begin today (Wednesday, August 11). During construction (between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday to Friday), Mapleview Drive East from Madeline Drive to Yonge Street will be restricted to one lane. Two lanes will open at night and on weekends.
Work completed to date:
Work anticipated in the month of August
The City has awarded the construction contract for the Mapleview Drive East Road Improvements Project from Madelaine Drive to Yonge Street to Primrose Contracting Inc. Primrose will be seen on site the week of July 19, 2021. There will be four main activities starting in July:
In 2021, Primrose plans to install the majority of the watermain works located on the north side of the road. This will include 1300 metres of 600mm diameter watermain and 700 metres of 300mm diameter watermain.
To facilitate the road reconstruction works, existing hydro utilities were relocated in late 2020. Site preparation included the removal of trees and vegetation within the right of way. The reconstruction works will include:
Drivers should expect significant delays while construction is occurring. We encourage everyone to plan ahead and use the alternate routes when possible. Access for emergency service vehicles will always be maintained.
Water, sanitary, hydro, telephone, cable TV, and gas services should not be affected by the construction, barring any unforeseen circumstances. Access for emergency service vehicles will always be maintained.
Curbside Collection: On the normal
curbside collection day, residents are asked to place all garbage, organics, recyclables and yard waste materials at the front of your property as usual. The City’s waste pickup contractor is anticipated to have access through the construction site. It is very important that you take your refuse and recyclable items to the front of your property by 7am, otherwise these items might not be picked up.
All reasonable efforts will be made to maintain vehicle access to driveways. However, there may be some temporary interruptions to access during construction while construction vehicles maneuver. Access will be restored as quickly as possible. The contractor will provide prior notice of any imminent access restrictions to the businesses and residents.Pedestrian access to all homes and businesses will be maintained during construction.
The contractor is required to conduct their work in a safe manner, including fencing of deep excavations, etc. We ask that you take extra caution during the construction period to ensure everyone’s safety.
This project requires a lot of excavating. The infrastructure is being installed 2 to 5 metres deep in the ground. The City wanted to avoid a full closure of the road. The only way to do that safely was to restrict traffic to one lane. The contractor must fill the hole in that was dug at the end of each day and then dig it out again the next day. Previous phases of work on Mapleview Drive East were 800 metres long and took two years to complete. This phase is 60% longer and has less right of way width.
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