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Design Project

Bell Farm Road ROW Expansion

Reconstruction and widening of Bell Farm Road to 3 lanes, bike lanes and sidewalks between St. Vincent Street to Duckworth Street.

An environmental assessment was completed in 2017 which recommended adding additional vehicular capacity as well as pedestrian safety facilities including sidewalks and bike lanes.

Bell Farm Road has reached the end of its life and this work will also address the aging infrastructure as well as the deteriorating pavement condition.

Project Update: November 2020

The City of Barrie Infrastructure Department has completed the design for the widening and reconstruction of Bell Farm Rd. from St. Vincent St. to Duckworth St. The City will be hiring a contractor in fall 2020.

Project Highlights:

  • Roadway widening and reconstruction
  • Elimination or roadside ditches and the addition of curbs and sidewalks
  • Addition of on road dedicated bike lanes
  • Mid-block pedestrian crossing at Alliance Blvd.
  • Watermain and water service replacement
  • Storm sewer construction and storm water management improvements
  • Transit infrastructure improvements
  • Construction staging to minimize impacts
  • Roadway streetlight improvements
  • Replacement of the existing wooden fence between Cynthia Court properties and Bell Farm Road
  • Removal of existing trees behind Cynthia Court to facilitate grading and construction works
  • Tree planting and landscaping between Cynthia Court and Bell Farm Road

Project Schedule

The widening and reconstruction of Bell Farm Rd. (St. Vincent to Duckworth) is a two-year construction project and will be completed in two phases.

2020 Minor Utility Relocations

Apr. 2021 – Oct. 2022

Construction 

  • Phase 1 in 2021: from St. Vincent St. to east entrance of Alliance Blvd. (across from Mom’s Restaurant)                  
  • Phase 2 in 2022: from Alliance Blvd. (east) to Duckworth St.

Public Information Centre

A Public Information Centre (PIC) was held on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 to:

  • Present the design drawings and construction traffic staging;
  • Provide an opportunity to ask questions to City representatives;
  • Provide input from members of the public on the detail design; and
  • Discuss concerns regarding construction activities.

The following material was presented at the PIC:

Traffic Impacts, Construction Staging and Driveway Access

The project will be staged in several phases to minimize the disruption to residents and businesses. The road closures will be minimized and the City will be implementing a detour route using Alliance Boulevard to accelerate construction. Additional communication will be shared with businesses and property owners in late 2020.

Properties with two entrances can anticipate short term closures of one entrance at a time as infrastructure is installed past the driveways. Properties with only a single entrance will have temporary accesses constructed to allow for driveway access as the infrastructure is installed.

Driveway Access to #20, #40, #59 and #60 Bell Farm Road:

As part of the proposed phasing, access along the frontages of Bell Farm Road for #20, #40, #59, and #60 Bell Farm Road would be closed for approximately four months. For the duration of the closure, access would be via the driveway entrances on Alliance Blvd. A signage plan to direct customers and deliveries has been prepared and will be included with the project.

Related Documents

See Completed Environmental Assessments.

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