Barrie’s Dunlop Street construction proceeding ahead of schedule and several infrastructure projects continuing

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Construction on downtown Barrie’s Dunlop Street is ahead of schedule, due to additional crew availability and reduced traffic. The current stage of construction (Dunlop between Owen and Clapperton streets), scheduled for March to July, is almost finished. Sanitary sewers, watermain and box culverts are completed, street lights have been installed  from Poyntz Street to Owen Street.

The initial final stage, originally scheduled for September to November, will begin next week. Dunlop from Mary Street to the Maple Avenue intersection will be closed starting April 27. This work is anticipated to end in mid-July.

A middle stage, originally planned for July to September, will now start in August.

“Work in soil cells and tree pits is ongoing and the Owen Street intersection is expected to open in early June,” officials confirmed in a report to council. Stage three of the construction project, originally scheduled for September to November will begin next week and officials say they’re expecting the work to be finished by mid-July.

According to a staff report, “the Dunlop streetscape project is replacing aging infrastructure in Barrie’s downtown.”

“Above ground, the project will improve the pedestrian experience with wider sidewalks, while providing downtown businesses with more attractive and accessible storefronts.”

Officials say the city and its contractor are following “all provincial directions” regarding physical distancing at construction sites. “Workers are limiting contact with each other and additional hand sanitizer and wipes are available.”

The city will also continue the following major projects — Big Bay Point and Harvie roads bridge at Highway 400, Hotchkiss Creek culvert replacement at Innisfil Street, and the Mapleview Drive East watermain and sewer projects.

Construction crews are monitoring and assessing the effect of the virus on the overall schedule for each site. Here’s how they are progressing:

Harvie Road

  • Crews have prepared concrete forms and placed structural steel for the bridge abutments
  • Fill was delivered for embankments
  • Storm sewers and watermains have been installed west of the 400.
  • Crossing is supposed to open in fall 2020.

Innisfil Street

  • City replacing existing 1.5-metre culvert on Innisfil, between Brock and Tiffin streets.
  • A larger open-bottom box culvert being installed to reduce risk of flooding.
  • Road was closed in August and scheduled to reopen in June 2020.

Mapleview Drive

  • Closure scheduled between Yonge Street and Royal Jubilee Drive until May 15, to allow for the installation of transmission watermain, sanitary trunk sewer and related road work.
  • Sanitary mainline work underway preparing for sewer and watermain tunnels under Hewitt’s Creek. The project is scheduled until fall 2020l.

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