Dunlop between Poyntz and Owen set to reopen tonight (Friday) at 10

Crews were working Friday night to meet the City’s deadline of !0 p.m. for reopening Dunlop Street, from Poyntz to Owen streets, following completion of the first phase of the ‘big dig.’

Dunlop Street, from Poyntz to Owen streets, is scheduled to reopen tonight (Nov. 8) following completion of the first phase of the ‘big dig.’
The section of Dunlop St. under construction will reopen at 10 p.m. tonight, although on-street parking in this section will not be available until Nov. There will also be intermittent lane closures in this section of Dunlop this weekend while the contractor does some clean up and finishing touches.
Underground work has been done to replace watermains between Mulcaster and Poyntz and install soil cells (underground spaces that allow street tree roots to grow) on Dunlop Street from Mulcaster to Owen streets. The streetscape construction gives an improved and more accessible pedestrian experience with wider sidewalks, rolling curbs and new interlock stone.
The work provides downtown businesses with more attractive and accessible storefront areas, along with improved patio functionality, according to the City. There will be more trees and new planters that will help reduce road pollutants from stormwater runoff. New public waste and recycling receptacles are in place and parking meters will be replaced with centralized ‘pay-and-display’ stations.
The next major construction timelines of the Dunlop St. project are:
· Phase 1B – March to summer 2020: Dunlop Street closed between Owen and Bayfield streets and the Five Point intersection.
· Phase 2 will start after completion of Phase 1B (tentatively summer 2020 to fall 2020): Dunlop Street between Bayfield Street and Toronto Street (work will occur block by block).
The work is being completed in partnership with the Business Improvement Area (BIA). The roadway improvements are part of the City’s capital plan for asset renewal. The streetscape elements/beautification are funded by the City, the BIA and the City’s Municipal Accommodation Tax (Tourism). For more information, timelines and updates, visit barrie.ca/DigDowntown.

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