Barrie’s Mayor has sent off official notice to the MTO, asking for sound barriers near homes close to the 400.
At Monday night’s meeting, Mayor Jeff Lehman tabled an item for discussion, asking that a letter be sent to the Ministry of Transportation with the request that sound barriers be installed in residential areas adjacent to the six-lane highway. This comes following a memo earlier this month, detailing the need for sound barriers at key locations along the 400.
Some at Barrie City Hall are pushing for noise barriers along the 400.
A staff memo submitted via the Engineering Department at Monday night’s meeting suggests that the quieting buffers be installed along segments of the busy thoroughfare as modifications and improvements are made.
A study prior to this memo identified several areas impacted by noise from the highway, including 13 outdoor use areas near enough the highway.
Working with the MTO, seven locations were identified for implementation. Barriers could be erected in the area of the Dunlop St. ramps, the Anne St. overpass, at Bayfield and just north of, and on the western side of the highway north of Duckworth. The potential noise barrier locations are highlighted with green circles below.
Several areas were also identified that would not be able to support noise barriers; this is denoted by black squares on the above map.
As the Ministry of Transportation holds dominion over the 400, it would be the MTO’s responsibility to see these noise barriers installed along the highway, while the city is within its rights to construct similar structures as part of developments adjacent to the highway.
City Staff will continue advocating for noise barriers through further collaboration with the MTO, while implementation of will coincide with future corridor improvements.