Posted to Press Release

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 (Barrie, Ontario)

We Dig Downtown! Project Update

The dig is on! The Dunlop Streetscape Project has begun and the Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) wants to remind everyone that downtown Barrie is OPEN FOR BUSINESS during construction. Come downtown, support our local businesses and check out all the excitement!

Currently in its Preliminary Phase (Dunlop St between Poyntz St and Mulcaster St), the project is focused on completing construction at the Dunlop St and Mulcaster St intersection as quickly and safely as possible. This portion of the project includes a watermain installation that is part of the replacement of infrastructure that is vital to the future growth of downtown Barrie.

Upon completion, downtown Barrie will have an improved pedestrian experience and be fully accessible while providing downtown businesses with more attractive and safe storefront areas. It will also introduce green infrastructure to reduce road pollutants while providing fertile environments for the street trees.

Phase 1A of the project (Dunlop St between Mulcaster St and Owen St) is scheduled to begin September 8th and will come to a hard stop on November 8th. It is a priority of the construction team, the City of Barrie and the Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) that construction will halt in time for the Remembrance Day parade and remain paused for the Christmas shopping season. Construction will resume for Phase 1B (Dunlop St between Owen St and the Five Points intersection) as early as conditions will allow in 2020. Phase 2 (Dunlop St between the Five Points intersection and Toronto St) will continue in 2020 with completion aimed for fall of 2020.

Disruption to parking has been offset with an entire floor of the Collier Street Parkade devoted to 2 hours of free parking for the duration of Phase 1A (until November 8th). This is even more of a reason to head downtown, shop local and check out all the excitement.

#WeDigDunlop and we know you do too!

For more info on the Dunlop Streetscape Project, visit

Contact: Craig Stevens, Managing Director
Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA)
Office: 705-734-1414 | Email: [email protected]