The following are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about this Highway 400 and Essa Road interchange reconstruction Detail Design and Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA). As the project progresses, additional information will be posted here.
What is the purpose of the study?
Learn more here.
What is the study area?
Learn more here.
How do I get involved in this study?
To receive direct notifications regarding study milestones, interested persons are encouraged to request that their name be added to the project mailing list.
When will construction begin?
The start of construction is not scheduled at this time.
How long will the interchange be under construction?
The duration of construction will be determined later in the study.
Will traffic be impacted during construction?
Construction staging and traffic management, including any detours, will be determined during Detail Design, and information will be provided on this website, in the Design and Construction Report (DCR), and through applicable public notices.
Will Essa Road be closed during construction?
No. Traffic along Essa Road will be maintained during construction, although lane reductions and temporary short duration closures may occur.
Will detours be implemented during construction?
The necessity for detours will be determined during Detail Design and information will be provided on this website, in the Design and Construction Report (DCR), and through applicable public notices.
Will any municipal side roads be reconstructed as part of the project?
Currently, the widening of Essa Road to six lanes within the interchange is the only municipal road work planned as part of this project. Any additional municipal road work added to the project will be outlined in the Design and Construction Report (DCR).
Will sound barriers be built as part of this project?
A noise wall is not included in the design of this project. In March 2017 a Noise Study Report was completed as part of the Preliminary Design and Class Environmental Assessment Study. The noise analysis assessed potential noise impacts to noise sensitive areas and possible noise mitigation measures. Based on the Noise Study Report a barrier is not recommended in this location.
Are bike lanes going to be added to Essa Road?
More information to come (City of Barrie will determine this)