With the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) planning to replace the Dunlop Street ramps to the 400, Barrie City Hall is taking the opportunity to refresh the whole stretch of roadway.
Barrie City Hall gave the initial nod on Monday night to moving forward with an environmental assessment that would allow the renovation of Dunlop Street from Ferndale Drive to Anne Street. This would include widening the roadway to six lanes to accommodate planned growth.
The project hopes to address a few challenges identified in the area, including poor traffic flow during peak hours and an issue of access management in the area. A staff report indicates there are many private driveways along the corridor, located close enough to intersections that it creates “vehicular conflict points” that could lead to increased collision rates.
The project could also address the lack of active transportation along the corridor, including new sidewalks and bicycle infrastructure.
The MTO has yet to announce when construction would begin, but city staff anticipates a 2024 or 2025 start-date, and construction would take about two years to complete.