Barrie’s downtown facelift has expanded.
Starting this week, Dunlop St. is closed from Poyntz St. to Owen St. as part of a massive reconstruction and beautification of the downtown core. The project started as a closure from Poyntz to Mulcaster, leaving much of Dunlop open for the summer months. “We were trying to ensure all the business and all the businesses utilizing patios had the full summer season before we got in there and impact Dunlop Street.” says Stew Paterson, Barrie’s Director of Construction, “It was set in consultation with the BIA and the businesses that construction would start after that, in September.”
Paterson says the project has a hard stop set for November 8th, just in time for an annual event in the downtown core. “Through consultation with the BIA and various businesses, its to do with the Remembrance Day parade and making sure it can follow its usual route through the downtown.”
While the contractor knows everything has to be ship-shape by November 8th, Paterson knows delays do happen. “We’re hoping to get everything done, essentially from Poyntz Street over to Owen Street, before November 8th, but if that’s not possible, we will at least be getting everything hard-surfaced and tidied up.” says Paterson. “The Christmas season and the early part of November can be fully utilized by the businesses.”
Once the roadway reopens on the 8th, it will remain open. Dunlop St. will close in early 2020, from Owen to Bayfield St. for the second phase of the project.
Two hours’ worth of free parking is available on the 4th floor of the Collier St. parkade for the duration of the project.