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Published November 30, 2023

Essa Road closure taking place this weekend for bridge demolition

News release - City of Barrie

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is continuing work on constructing a new interchange at Essa Road and Highway 400, and requires a major closure this weekend as part of the Essa Road Interchange/Highway 400 Overpass Replacement project.

There will be a full road closure on Essa Road between Fairview Drive and Ardagh Road starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, until 10 a.m. on Sunday, December 3. During this time, the ramp for westbound Essa Road to southbound Highway 400 will also be closed. This work is taking place for bridge demolition. The detour route is Essa Road – Anne Street South – Dunlop Street West – Ferndale Drive South – Ardagh Road.

This is a single night closure and there will be no through access to any traffic, including emergency services. In the event of inclement weather, the work will be pushed to the next weekend (December 9 and 10).

The Essa Road Interchange/Highway 400 Overpass Replacement project includes a new bridge, along with widening Essa Road to six lanes between Fairview Road and Bryne Drive/Ardagh Drive. The work will also add a multi-use path on the north side of the road, and a sidewalk on the south side. The project is expected to be complete in late 2025.

The City and MTO work collaboratively to incorporate transportation improvements that make is easier to get around the city. These improvements will enhance Barrie’s transportation network and help mitigate traffic congestion.

For more information on this project, visit the City’s webpage about this MTO project: ​Essa Road Interchange & Highway 400 Overpass Replacement.

Banner image supplied - City of Barrie

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