Final stage of Dunlop Street construction set to begin at end of August

(Barrie, ON) TheWe Dig Downtown project is almost complete! The final stage of Dunlop St. construction will begin in the next few weeks. This $13.1M project will transform the look of Barrie's downtown and make Dunlop St. more accessible and pedestrian-friendly for residents and visitors.

The final stage of construction work is expected to begin the week of August 31. This final stage includes work on Dunlop St. in the Five Points intersection to Maple Ave, and from Mary St. to Toronto St. It will also include closures of the Five Points intersection and the Toronto St. intersection. Barrie Transit will also be affected with detours for Routes 2,3, 6 and 8.

The project milestones that are complete or almost complete include the following:The area from Mulcaster St. to Clapperton St. is generally complete. Clean up of any outstanding deficiencies, tree plantings and top asphalt paving are the only things left to be completed in this area. Fencing will still be in place in a small section on Dunlop St. near Clapperton St. for storage of material until the Five Points (Bayfield/Clapperton) intersection is closed.Dunlop St. from Maple Ave. to Mary St. is expected to open the week of August 31, weather permitting. Dunlop St. from Mary St. to Maple Ave., including the intersections of Mary St. and Maple Ave., remain closed at this time. Underground works are generally complete, but surface work and road preparation are ongoing. Paving of this section will likely happen the week of August 24. 

The entire project is ahead of the original schedule and is now expected to be complete by early November.

The Dunlop streetscape project replaces aging infrastructure in Barrie's downtown. Above ground, the project has improved the pedestrian experience with wider sidewalks, while providing downtown businesses with more attractive and accessible storefronts. New streetlights, planters and trees will make for a refreshed and greener downtown appearance.

All businesses on Dunlop Street are accessible during construction and we invite residents tosupport local. Downtown parking is free until September 8. Visit the BIA's website atdowntownbarrie.ca to find out more about local shops, restaurants and services. 

Visitbarrie.ca/DigDowntown to learn more about the project.

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Media Contact
Melanie Rumley
Communications Advisor
The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4578
melanie.rumley@barrie.ca