(Barrie, ON) Construction workers will be back on Dunlop Street as early as April 5 for some finishing touches and repair work to the recent Dunlop Streetscape Project. This type of work is a normal part of construction. All projects have a warranty period to allow time to review the project area for repair work and have them fixed. The provincial shutdown which was announced today will not impact this work.
Work will begin at Five Points, on the north side of the road and move easterly to Mulcaster Street. Work will be focused between Five Points and Mulcaster Street and is anticipated to be completed in this area by Friday, May 28, 2021, weather dependent. Work will occur on the north side of the road from one end to the other before moving to the south side of the road. The areas outside of Five Points to Mulcaster Street which includes Mulcaster Street to east of Poyntz Street and Five Points to Toronto Street is anticipated to be completed by June 30, 2021.
Due to the nature of some of the work, certain patios will be required to be temporarily closed or removed. The maximum disruption at any given location will not exceed two weeks. City staff are working with all businesses that intend to have patios to minimize disruptions.
Dunlop Street will remain open for the duration of this work, however, there may be some lane reductions when construction vehicles are in the area. Pedestrian traffic will always be maintained, and businesses will remain open. There is currently no weekend work scheduled and the work will be completed by the end of June, in time to support BIA summer programming.
Two-hour free parking will once again be provided in the Chase McEachern Way and Maple Avenue parking lots from April 5 until June 30. People using these lots must print a receipt from the machine and display it on their vehicle dashboard to be eligible for the free two-hour parking. The City encourages residents to support downtown businesses and shop local whenever possible.
“We know the timing is not ideal as we are still dealing with pandemic conditions," said Tawnya Gurchin, Manager of Developer and Special Project. “However, the timing of the work could not be avoided. The work needs to occur in warmer weather and must be completed prior to June 30 to meet the contract obligations. We remain committed to working with our downtown businesses to reduce the impact of this work anyway we can."
The We Dig Downtown project, which began in August 2019, was a major undertaking that replaced and repaired infrastructure underground, while giving downtown's main street a complete makeover. The timing of the final finishes could not be avoided. The work needs to occur in warmer weather, and it must be completed prior to June 30 to meet contract obligations with the contractor.
Visitbarrie.ca/DigDowntown to learn more about this project.
Senior Communications Advisor
The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4529