Downtown Barrie is getting a face lift.

Construction is set to begin Monday on Dunlop Street to replace aging infrastructure, expand sidewalks and beautify the historic street.

With Barrie continuing to grow, the downtown street is an essential component to the success of the downtown revitalization and the City of Barrie’s Downtown Commercial Master Plan.

“This project will not only replace aging infrastructure, it will improve the pedestrian experience while providing downtown businesses with more attractive, and accessible storefronts,” said Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman.

All downtown businesses will remain open during the construction.

“Come on down, support our amazing independent businesses and show us that you dig downtown too, said Denise Tucker, BIA Chair.

The construction timelines are as follows:

  • Preliminary Phase – August 19 to November 8: Dunlop Street closed from Mulcaster to Poyntz St., including intersection of Dunlop and Mulcaster.
  • Phase 1A – September 9 to November 8: Dunlop Street closed between Poyntz and Owen Street.
  • Phase 1B – will start after completion of Phase 1A (tentatively spring 2020 to summer 2020): Dunlop Street closed between Owen Street and Bayfield Street and the Five Point intersection.
  • Phase 2 – will start after completion of 1B (tentatively summer 2020 to fall 2020): Dunlop Street between Bayfield Street and Toronto Street (work will occur block by block).

While Dunlop Street will be closed to vehicle traffic in the sections above, it will remain open to pedestrians. Free parking for patrons to downtown businesses, starting September 9, will be provided for a maximum of two hours on the fourth floor of the Collier Street Parkade.

The roadway improvements are part of the City of Barrie’s capital plan for asset reconstruction and the streetscaping funded by the City of Barrie, the BIA and the City’s Municipal Accommodation Tax (Tourism).

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