The Operations department works year-round to maintain 1370 lane km road and 570 km of sidewalks throughout Barrie, to ensure safe and enjoyable transportation. This page contains information about curbs & sidewalks maintenance, potholes, and street sweeping.
Curbs & Sidewalks
The City maintains approximately 1370 lane kilometres of road, and crews regularly patrol streets to identify potholes and other road deficiencies; but potholes can develop daily when temperatures begin to hover around zero degrees. The City does not repair potholes in driveways and private parking lots.
Potholes usually occur in the spring when frost develops and snow is melting, and usually develop on the side of the road. Residents are warned to be careful when going through puddles because they can hide potholes. By reporting potholes, you can help ensure that they are repaired in a timely manner.
Road Operations staff conduct the annual street sweeping program every spring. Within the downtown Business Improvement Area, streets are swept from spring to late fall.
The annual spring street sweeping program cleans all City streets of sand deposited during winter road maintenance, and other debris. Spring street sweeping improves water quality and the environment by removing pollutants that can be transferred to downstream water bodies through urban runoff through the storm sewer system, and also improves the cleanliness and aesthetics of City streets and parking lots.
Crews sweep all City streets annually in the fall if the weather permits, in an effort to pick up as many leaves as possible before the weather turns too cold. Removing leaves from streets in the fall allows for a more efficient spring sweeping program and reduction of waste. It also reduces instances of blocked and frozen catch basins through the winter.
Street Sweeping FAQs
Every summer, roads are painted to make them easier to see and safer for drivers. This includes white lane lines, bike lanes, yellow center lines, arrows, symbols, and intersection markings (stop bars and crosswalks, including crossing locations at Highway 400 ramp terminals. Note: the ramp terminal pedestrian crossing locations are determined by the Ministry of Transportation).
Line painting takes place Sunday to Saturday between 10pm and 7am. Drivers are expected to obey all signs during line painting operations.
This job is usually done by a special painting truck and a blocker truck that follows behind. The blocker truck has signs to warn drivers to stay away. By the time the blocker truck reaches where the painting truck was, the paint should be dry. Normal latex (water-based) paint used for roadway application usually dries within two minutes. Please follow the signs and warnings to keep your vehicle clean and free of paint. If a driver's vehicle gets damaged by wet paint, the City of Barrie is not responsible for fixing it. Private property claims can be directed to email@example.com.