Barrie investing $110M in road construction, infrastructure improvements  and repairs

Ontario Construction News staff writer

The City of Barrie has announced road improvement projects and infrastructure upgrades totalling $110 million that are happening over the summer.

“Council is making significant investment in our roads–a total of over $110 million will be invested in infrastructure improvements, new road construction, and repaving projects in Barrie this year,” said Mayor Alex Nuttall. “In 2024, we’re undertaking over 20 construction projects, as well as paving and re-paving 20 kilometres of roadway. Once complete, these major investments will ensure our city will continue to thrive.”

The major road construction projects include:

Bayview Drive transportation improvements

  • lane widening, infrastructure replacements, new bike lanes, and a new sidewalk
  • entire project will be complete in 2026

Bryne Drive South extension

  • project is in the final stages and is expected to be completed this fall

Duckworth Street improvements and Grove Street East watermain

  • to be complete next spring
  • includes road reconstruction and adding a new watermain, sidewalks, pavement, sewer replacements, and intersection upgrades

Essa Road interchange and Highway 400 overpass replacement

  • Ministry of Transportation project will be complete by the end of 2025

McKay Road West & Veteran’s Drive Improvements

  • completed

Sophia Creek Owen Tributary Storm Outlet from Memorial Square

  • new project starting up this summer is work on the Sophia Creek storm outlet near Meridian Place to reduce flooding downtown.

Sunnidale Road bridge replacement

  • Ministry of Transportation project is expected to be done by the end of this year.