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From Poyntz to Owen, Dunlop Street reopens tonight

Still no parking until Monday, though
2019-08-20 Dunlop East const RB 19
A road-closure sign sits on Dunlop Street East at Owen Street in this file photo. Raymond Bowe/BarrieToday

The first phases of the downtown Dunlop Street construction project are coming to a close.

The section of Dunlop Street under construction (Poyntz Street to Owen Street) will re-open tonight at 10 p.m. 

On-street parking in this section will not be available until Nov. 11.

There will also be intermittent lane closures in this section of Dunlop Street 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 Street. 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. There will be more trees and new planters that will help reduce road pollutants from stormwater run-off.

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 Street project are outlined below:

  • Phase 1B – March to summer 2020

Dunlop Street closed between Owen Street and Bayfield Street and the Five Points 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).

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