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Highway overpass demolition at Essa Rd. completed Sunday morning

Excavators pecked away with jackhammer points as existing Hwy. 400 overpass was demolished

Excavators pecked away with their jackhammer points all night Saturday, as the old existing Highway 400 overpass at Essa Road in Barrie was demolished into a heap of concrete and dust.

Front-end loaders then shovelled up the remains and carted away the debris.

There was a full road closure on Essa Road between Fairview Drive and Ardagh Road which started at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. It was to continue until 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3.

The ramp for westbound Essa Road to southbound Highway 400 was also closed.

“The Essa Road interchange/Highway 400 overpass replacement project includes a new bridge, along with widening Essa Road to six lanes between Fairview Road and Bryne Drive/Ardagh Drive,” noted a recent media release by the City of Barrie.

“The work will also add a multi-use path on the north side of the road, and a sidewalk on the south side,” they said.

The project is expected to be complete in late 2025.


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Kevin Lamb picked up a camera in 2000 and by 2005 was freelancing for the Barrie Examiner newspaper until its closure in 2017. He is an award-winning photojournalist, with his work having been seen in many news outlets across Canada and internationally
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