“Bradford Street is right there,” Barrie Mayor responds to criticism over Lakeshore Drive temporary closure

Northbound lane closed for greater physical distancing at city's waterfront

Barrie’s Mayor is encouraging one and all to give Bradford Street a try following complaints about the temporary closure of a section of Lakeshore Drive.

“I have seen some complaints about the traffic that will result, or interrupt your commute,” said Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman in his regular social media COVID-19 update, “Folks, Bradford Street is right there, right next door. It’s four lanes wide, there are fewer traffic lights, it’s always been faster.”

“Please try using Bradford street during this closure,” continued Lehman. “I am confident it is not really going to delay anybody. And it’s an opportunity for us to create more outdoor recreation space, space for people to distance on our waterfront,”

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On Monday night, Barrie Council voted to temporarily close northbound lanes of Lakeshore to allow for greater physical separation as residents enjoy the city’s waterfront. The lane closure will be reviewed on a constant basis and revised as traffic volumes increase and provincial regulations lessen.