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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.

The City of Barrie Engineering Department is completing the detail design for the widening and reconstruction of Bell Farm Road from Duckworth Street to St. Vincent 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.  

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:

  • Bell Farm Road - Presentation Boards
  • Bell Farm Road – Plan View
  • Bell Farm Road – Staging
  • Bell Farm Road – Typical Section
  • Bell Farm Road – Landscpaing

Project Highlights:

  • Roadway widening and reconstruction
  • Elimination or roadside ditches and the addition of curbs and sidewalks
  • Additional 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

Traffic Impacts, Construction Staging and Driveway Access

The project will be staged in several phases to minimize the disruption to residents and businesses. The roadway will not be closed during construction. While delays can be expected, each construction phase will include one lane of traffic in each direction.

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.

Schedule

The project is currently in the detail design phase and is approximately 90 percent complete.  Pending budget approval, utility relocations and permitting, the remaining schedule is as follows:

  • Minor Utility Relocations 2019
  • Construction 2020-2021

Related Documents

Completed Environmental Assessments.

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