McKay Road West & Veteran’s Drive Improvements

Project Type
Road Construction
Status
In Progress
Estimated Completion
July 2024

This new infrastructure project will support growth and development near the McKay Rd and Veteran’s Dr intersection in south-west Barrie.

The project extends along McKay Rd from east of Veteran’s Dr to west of the future Reid Dr extension and along Veteran’s Dr from south of McKay, northerly to Salem Rd. The project includes roadway expansion on McKay Rd including intersection improvements at McKay and Veteran’s, and new watermains, and sanitary sewers along McKay Rd and Veteran’s Dr.

Project Updates

Fall 2023

The McKay Road West and Veteran’s Drive intersection has been closed since May 2022, for the roadwork and infrastructure installation required to support growth and development in southwest Barrie. This project reached important milestones during the 2023 construction season with the installation of 3.5 km of watermain, 1.5 km of storm sewers, 2.5 km of road paving, and has brought necessary services to the area.

The road closure has been extended to July 2024. Delays from the complex infrastructure and utility work have impacted the completion of essential roadwork such as traffic signals, street lights, sidewalks, boulevards, and final paving—all which need to be completed prior to safely reopening the intersection. 

There is no access through McKay Road or Veteran’s Drive during the closure and all existing detours remain in place until the project is complete next year. Motorists are reminded to follow the signed detour routes. 

Project Details 

This project is the first phase of new infrastructure expansion to support development north and south of McKay Rd in the Salem Secondary Plan Area. Through this construction project water and wastewater service will be extended south from Salem Rd along Veteran’s Dr, then westerly along McKay Rd.

Additionally, with the significant residential development planned, the project will enhance McKay Rd by widening the roadway, adding new concrete sidewalks, a raised cycle track, and local stormwater management improvements. The road improvements also include intersection expansion and an upgraded McKay and Veteran’s intersection.

Public Information Centre (PIC)

Public notice was completed in the form of newspaper ads and mailed Notice Letters to affected residents. McKay Road and Veteran’s Drive Improvements PIC Presentation was posted on the City’s YouTube Channel and the Presentation Slides were also available for review. 

Project Features

The project includes the following detailed scope of work:

  • Closure of McKay Rd from 1km west of Veteran’s Dr to east of Hwy 400
  • Closure of Veteran’s Dr from Salem Rd to 9th Line of Innisfil
  • Closure of the McKay Rd and Veteran’s Dr intersection
  • New 500mm diameter transmission watermain on Veteran’s Dr from Salem Rd to McKay Rd
  • New 400mm local waterm ain on McKay Rd from Veteran’s Dr westerly to future Reid Dr
  • New 1200mm deep trunk sanitary sewer installed by trenchless construction from Veteran’s to future Reid Dr
  • Road widening to four (4) traffic lanes and a centre median/turning lane along McKay Rd and through the Veteran’s Dr intersection
  • McKay Rd urban streetscape including curbs, sidewalks, a cycle track, street lighting, traffic signals, landscaping, and stormwater management infrastructure.
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Project design plan
Project Key Plan
 

Project Sche​dule

Estimated Construction Start:March 2022
Estimated Construction Completion:    July 2024

Traffic Impacts

McKay Rd will be closed from 1 km west of Veteran’s Dr to east of Hwy 400 and Veteran’s Dr will be closed from Salem Rd to the 9th Line of Innsifil, including the intersection of McKay Rd and Veteran’s Dr. Traffic will be detoured along signed routes that will generally redirect traffic via Essa Rd, County Rd 27, Mapleview Dr, Innisfil Beach Rd, and Huronia Rd. Local access for residents within the construction limits will be maintained, however through traffic will not be permitted.

Traffic Detours

List of following Traffic Detours:

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Detour Northbound Traffic McKay & Veterans

Detour route for northbound traffic. For access to Veteran’s Drive north of McKay Road/Veteran’s Drive Intersection, motorists will be redirected through Huronia Road, County Road 27, and Essa Road.

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Detour Southbound Traffic McKay & Veterans

Detour route for southbound traffic. For access to Veteran’s Drive south of McKay Road/Veteran’s Drive Intersection, motorists will be redirected through Huronia Road, County Road 27, and Essa Road.

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Detour Eastbound Traffic McKay & Veterans

Detour route for eastbound traffic. For access to McKay Road east of McKay Road/Veteran’s Drive Intersection, motorists will be redirected through Mapleview Drive and Innisfil Beach Road.

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Detour Westbound Traffic McKay & Veterans

​Detour route for westbound traffic. For access to McKay Road west of McKay Road/Veteran’s Drive Intersection, motorists will be redirected through Mapleview Drive and Innisfil Beach Road.