Bayfield Street Transportation Improvements

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Project News

May 10, 2024 - PIC 1 Public Consultation Completed
The study team is compiling community input into a summary report. This report will be posted on this page this summer. The study team is developing alternative planning solutions and related project materials to support the next public consultation event planned for early this fall. Further details about the event will be made available early this summer.

March 28, 2024 - Public Information Centre No. 1 Presentation
A pre-recorded video presentation for Public Information Centre (PIC) No. 1 is available for viewing. It can also be found under the documents heading located on the right-hand side of this page. The presentation provides an overview of the project, initial work completed and outlines subsequent project work and public engagement opportunities. Comments regarding this presentation were welcomed by May 6, 2024, via the project comments form. After the comments are received, the project team will assemble all project input and create a summary report that will be available later this spring. The second PIC is planned for fall 2024 and will be held in-person.

Why is this project happening?

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is planning to replace the existing Bayfield Street interchange and crossing structure starting in 2026 (refer to MTO drawing under 'Documents'). The MTO’s project will improve interchange traffic operations and active transportation infrastructure within the MTO’s project limits that extend from Grove Street to Coulter Street. The project includes the widening of Bayfield Street to six lanes. The MTO’s project is based on recommendations generated from the MTO’s Highway 400 Improvements - Transportation Environmental Study Report completed in 2017.

The MTO's project requires the City of Barrie to implement corresponding transportation improvements on Bayfield Street from Coulter Street to Cundles Road.

What work is being completed now?

The City has retained WSP Canada Inc. to complete a Schedule 'C' Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) for this project. This is the first project phase for large municipal infrastructure projects that must be completed prior to undertaking subsequent project phases that include detailed design, property acquisition, utility relocations and construction. This project phase is anticipated to occur over the next two years.

The purpose of this phase is to identify preferred solutions and ideas that will be used as the basis for the overall project and considered for the detailed design phase, before construction begins. The evaluation and identification of a preferred design is based on thinking about:

  • potential impacts to the social, cultural, economic and natural environments
  • public, agency and Indigenous consultation
  • technical/engineering considerations

View the Public Notice for the Study Commencement.

What are the objectives of this project phase?

This project will assess near-term and long-term transportation improvements that support all modes of travel (pedestrians, transit users, cyclists and motorists). This project will build upon recommendations in the City's Transportation Master Plan and includes the following components:

Near-term Implementation

  • Assessment and identification of active transportation improvements to incorporate with MTO’s interchange replacement project extending from Grove Street to Coulter Street.
  • Assessment and identification of auto capacity and active transportation improvements to connect to MTO’s interchange replacement project extending from Coulter Street to Cundles Road.
  • Assessment and identification of interim active transportation improvements extending from Cundles Road to Hanmer Street.
  • Assessment and identification of localized intersection improvements at Bayfield Street and Grove Street.

Long-term Corridor Planning

  • Development of a long-term transformative plan to reflect planned changes in land-use that includes a mix of medium density residential and commercial uses. The plan will embrace complete street principles and aims to achieve an enhanced pedestrian and cyclist friendly realm while balancing the role this corridor plays as a regional connector. This plan will extend from Grove Street to the City limits.

Key Plan & Study Area


Current Status

The project team is in process of completing phase 1 of this project. This phase involves establishing existing conditions, undertaking field studies and developing the problem and/or opportunity statement to guide phases 2, 3 and 4. Refer to the project lifecycle figure that details future work.

Get Involved!

There are many opportunities to get involved and provide input:

  • Register for project updates, news and important dates at the top right of the page.
  • Provide input through this project website via the forum, idea board, and using the mapping tool.
  • Attend the Public Information Centre (PIC) Meetings. These meetings will provide information and gather public input. Three PICs are planned for this project.
  • Property owners, businesses, residents, and tenants within the study area will receive notices via mail but are strongly encouraged to register for project updates.

Project News

May 10, 2024 - PIC 1 Public Consultation Completed
The study team is compiling community input into a summary report. This report will be posted on this page this summer. The study team is developing alternative planning solutions and related project materials to support the next public consultation event planned for early this fall. Further details about the event will be made available early this summer.

March 28, 2024 - Public Information Centre No. 1 Presentation
A pre-recorded video presentation for Public Information Centre (PIC) No. 1 is available for viewing. It can also be found under the documents heading located on the right-hand side of this page. The presentation provides an overview of the project, initial work completed and outlines subsequent project work and public engagement opportunities. Comments regarding this presentation were welcomed by May 6, 2024, via the project comments form. After the comments are received, the project team will assemble all project input and create a summary report that will be available later this spring. The second PIC is planned for fall 2024 and will be held in-person.

Why is this project happening?

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is planning to replace the existing Bayfield Street interchange and crossing structure starting in 2026 (refer to MTO drawing under 'Documents'). The MTO’s project will improve interchange traffic operations and active transportation infrastructure within the MTO’s project limits that extend from Grove Street to Coulter Street. The project includes the widening of Bayfield Street to six lanes. The MTO’s project is based on recommendations generated from the MTO’s Highway 400 Improvements - Transportation Environmental Study Report completed in 2017.

The MTO's project requires the City of Barrie to implement corresponding transportation improvements on Bayfield Street from Coulter Street to Cundles Road.

What work is being completed now?

The City has retained WSP Canada Inc. to complete a Schedule 'C' Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) for this project. This is the first project phase for large municipal infrastructure projects that must be completed prior to undertaking subsequent project phases that include detailed design, property acquisition, utility relocations and construction. This project phase is anticipated to occur over the next two years.

The purpose of this phase is to identify preferred solutions and ideas that will be used as the basis for the overall project and considered for the detailed design phase, before construction begins. The evaluation and identification of a preferred design is based on thinking about:

  • potential impacts to the social, cultural, economic and natural environments
  • public, agency and Indigenous consultation
  • technical/engineering considerations

View the Public Notice for the Study Commencement.

What are the objectives of this project phase?

This project will assess near-term and long-term transportation improvements that support all modes of travel (pedestrians, transit users, cyclists and motorists). This project will build upon recommendations in the City's Transportation Master Plan and includes the following components:

Near-term Implementation

  • Assessment and identification of active transportation improvements to incorporate with MTO’s interchange replacement project extending from Grove Street to Coulter Street.
  • Assessment and identification of auto capacity and active transportation improvements to connect to MTO’s interchange replacement project extending from Coulter Street to Cundles Road.
  • Assessment and identification of interim active transportation improvements extending from Cundles Road to Hanmer Street.
  • Assessment and identification of localized intersection improvements at Bayfield Street and Grove Street.

Long-term Corridor Planning

  • Development of a long-term transformative plan to reflect planned changes in land-use that includes a mix of medium density residential and commercial uses. The plan will embrace complete street principles and aims to achieve an enhanced pedestrian and cyclist friendly realm while balancing the role this corridor plays as a regional connector. This plan will extend from Grove Street to the City limits.

Key Plan & Study Area


Current Status

The project team is in process of completing phase 1 of this project. This phase involves establishing existing conditions, undertaking field studies and developing the problem and/or opportunity statement to guide phases 2, 3 and 4. Refer to the project lifecycle figure that details future work.

Get Involved!

There are many opportunities to get involved and provide input:

  • Register for project updates, news and important dates at the top right of the page.
  • Provide input through this project website via the forum, idea board, and using the mapping tool.
  • Attend the Public Information Centre (PIC) Meetings. These meetings will provide information and gather public input. Three PICs are planned for this project.
  • Property owners, businesses, residents, and tenants within the study area will receive notices via mail but are strongly encouraged to register for project updates.
Page last updated: 19 Jun 2024, 09:10 AM