Last leg of the We Dig Downtown makeover set to begin this week, project ahead of schedule

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When it’s all over, City officials and planners are obviously hoping that residents and visitors dig downtown more than they ever have.
The We Dig Downtown project is nearly complete. The final stage of Dunlop Street construction was scheduled to begin this week; the $13.1M project will transform the look of Barrie’s downtown and make Dunlop Street more accessible and pedestrian-friendly for residents and visitors, planners say.
This final stage includes work on Dunlop Street in the Five Points intersection to Maple Avenue, and from Mary to Toronto streets. It will also include closures of the Five Points intersection and the Toronto Street intersection. Barrie Transit will also be affected with detours for Routes 2,3, 6 and 8.
The project milestones that are complete or almost complete include the following:
• The area from Mulcaster to Clapperton streets is generally complete. Clean up of any outstanding deficiencies, tree plantings and top asphalt paving are the only things left to be completed in this area. Fencing will still be in place in a small section on Dunlop near Clapperton for storage of material until the Five Points (Bayfield/Clapperton) intersection is closed.
• Dunlop St. from Maple to Mary is expected to open the week of Aug. 31, weather permitting. Dunlop from Mary to Maple, including the intersections of Mary and Maple, remain closed at this time. Underground works are generally complete, but surface work and road preparation are ongoing. Paving of this section began last week. 
The entire project is ahead of the original schedule and is now expected to be complete by early November.
The Dunlop streetscape project replaces aging infrastructure in Barrie’s downtown. Above ground, the project has improved the pedestrian experience with wider sidewalks, while providing downtown businesses with more attractive and accessible storefronts. New streetlights, planters and trees will make for a refreshed and greener downtown appearance.
All businesses on Dunlop Street are accessible during construction and we invite residents to support local. Downtown parking is free until Sept. 8. Visit the BIA’s website at to find out more about local shops, restaurants and services.