Traffic Control

A well-managed and coordinated traffic control system reduces fuel use, travel time, traffic congestion, accidents and pollution. The City uses traffic flow measures to contribute to the safe movement of pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and motorists throughout Barrie.

Spee​​d Limits

Ontario's Ministry of Transportation’s Highway Traffic Act (HTA) sets a default municipal speed limit of 50 km/h on roadways within cities, towns, villages or built-up areas. The HTA grants the City authority to set speed limits; under this legislation, set speed limits range from 40–80 km/h in 10 km/h intervals.

City policy mandates a 40 km/h speed limit in front of elementary schools and for roadways whose geometric design cannot support a 50 km/h or higher limit. On major roads where elementary schools are present, a "40 km/h when flashing" speed limit may be considered.

    Traffic Signals & Signs

    Traffic signals and signs direct the Right-Of-Way (ROW) for motorists and pedestrians by guiding and regulating traffic flow. City crews maintain existing signals and signs and install new ones when approved.  

    Many factors are considered when coordinating signs and signals, including the distance between signalized intersections, pedestrian traffic, on-street parking, bus sto​ps, traffic volume, speed limit, left-turning traffic, and collision history​.

    Traffic Monitoring

    Staff monitor all major roadways daily to minimize traffic delays and disruption, using traffic signal software, video, and GPS technology to continuously monitor signals and flow along Barrie's major arterial and collector routes.

    Traffic Calming

    Traffic calming is the installation of physical measures to alter negative motorist driving behavior. The objective is to achieve uniform driving patterns at reduced speeds on roads where lower speeds enhance safety and livability in neighbourhoods. Traffic-calmed streets are intended to improve residents’ quality of life and increase safety for active transportation users.

    Effective traffic calming measures include radar speed advisory boards, road diets, temporary speed cushions, bollard islands, and bollard chicanes. A stop sign is not a speed control device; stop signs allocate right-of-way travel at intersections. When used for speed control drivers may generally disobey the sign and do not stop, which is extremely dangerous.

    Please refer to the Traffic Calming Policy to learn about the City’s overall approach to traffic calming. In 2022, Development Services staff will be performing a review of the current Traffic Calming Policy and reviewing industry best practices.

    Frequently Asked Questions