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Road Construction Project

Watermain Cathodic Protection Program

The project includes the cathodic protection of approximately 12000m of watermain at various locations including the installation of approximately 1200 anodes and 100 tests stations. The project also includes excavation and installation as well as restoration works. The overall budget is $1.1M including design and construction.

Why are we doing this?

This program is intended to apply cathodic protection to all ductile iron mains that are not otherwise proposed for replacement in other capital projects, and that fall within the recommended age (40 years or younger) to maximize the benefit of cathodic protection. Installation of cathodic protection is expected to increase the life of ductile iron watermains by up to 15 years.

The City of Barrie has approximately 177,700m of ductile iron watermain, (nearly 30% of the city's water distribution network). Watermains made of this type of material are prone to corrosion-related physical failure. Ductile iron watermains are more prone to corrosion than non-iron pipes. This results in damage to the pipe surface, including pitting, scaling, and other depressions, which eventually leads to cracks, holes, physical failures, and watermain breaks. This type of damage substantially reduces the maximum potential life of these watermains, resulting in increased operational and emergency repair costs and service disruptions.

Cathodic protection involves the installation of sacrificial anodes connected to ductile iron watermains. The attached anodes will corrode (rather than the watermain to which they are attached) thereby extending the life of the watermain.

Locations include:

• Orwell Cres

• Browning Tr

• Doyle Dr

• McCallister Cr

• Broadfoot Rd.

• Carr Cr

• Fox Run

• McCarthy Ct

• Edgehill Dr

• Hemingway Cres

• Shakespere Cres.

• Moore Pl.

• Oates Ln.

• Eden Dr.

• Lewis Ln

• Gaskin Ct.

• Shaw Cres.

• Keats Dr.

• Richler Cres.

• Gibbon Dr

• Layton Ct.

• Benson Dr.

• Wismer Ave.

• Horsfield Dr.

• Lang Dr.

• Maw Ct.

• Fitzgerald Ln

• Kenny Cres.

• Callaghan Cres

• Shirley Ave.

• Anne St. N

• Leacock Dr.

• Cloughley Dr.

• Hodgson Dr.

• Ferndale Dr. N

• Letitia St.

• Pinsent Ct.

• Wilde Pl


Expected Start May 2019
Expected Completion July 2019

Affected Services

Water service, Hydro, Telephone, Cable TV, and Gas services should not be affected by the construction, barring any unforeseen circumstances. Some temporary interruptions in the sanitary service will occur when the pipe liner material is curing. You will receive notices of the interruptions at least a day before they are scheduled to occur.

Access to Properties

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.

Garbage Collection

On the normal curbside collection day, 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. If the City’s waste pickup contractor does not have access, the construction contractor will remove these items and take them to outside of the construction zone, for pickup by the City’s waste pickup contractor.
Your garbage cans, organics bin and recycling boxes will be returned to your property later that day. Please mark your address on all of your containers.
It is very important that you take your refuse and recyclable items to the front of your property by 7:00 a.m., otherwise these items might not be picked up.


The contractor is required to conduct his work in a safe manner, including working in the middle of the roadway with through traffic. We ask that you take extra caution during the construction period to ensure everyone’s safety.
Emergency Services
Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Traffic Impacts

The contractor will use traffic control measures to permit through traffic through the construction site. Typically this will include using traffic cones to steer drivers around the contractor’s vehicles, which will frequently be parked in the centre of the roadway where sanitary maintenance structures (manholes) are. Occasionally, flag persons will be required to assist with traffic control. 

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