Anne Street will soon be closed between Edgehill Drive and Donald Street for the replacement of the bridge over Highway 400.
The bridge closure is anticipated to last approximately 18 months, from this June until November 2022.
This construction project is being led by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and it includes significant roadwork on the 400, from Dunlop Street to St. Vincent Street.
The Anne Street bridge will be completely demolished, thus eliminating the highway crossing for all vehicles and pedestrians for the full 18-month project.
Highway 400 will also be fully closed for a single night while the existing bridge is demolished.
City of Barrie staff have worked with the MTO to develop alternative routes for motorists and pedestrians.
For local vehicular traffic, posted detours will be in place and motorists will be directed through a signed route around the construction zone. Signs will be in place well in advance, and throughout construction. The signed detour route is generally via Dunlop Street, Ferndale Drive and Edgehill Drive.
Due to significant pedestrian activity in the area and the lack of options for pedestrians to cross the highway during the bridge closure, city staff have an agreement with the MTO to provide a free transit shuttle to designated stops on either side of the bridge.
The free shuttle will utilize the modified transit routes, by adding a second bus to Route 5 which will service a free stop at Edgehill Drive and on Wellington Street.