Fixing Traffic in the South End

Fixing traffic in the Mapleview area will take time – but we’ve made a start.

About jefflehman
Jeff Lehman is the 46th Mayor of the City of Barrie. The Ward 2 Councillor for the City of Barrie from 2006 to 2010, he was the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Council, chaired the City’s Growth Management Working Group, and created the Historic Neighbourhoods project, a new initiative to protect and revitalize Barrie’s oldest neighbourhoods. Jeff has lived in Barrie for most of his life, having grown up in Allandale and attended Barrie Central Collegiate. Jeff holds a B.A. from Queen’s University, and a Master’s Degree with first class honours from the UK’s prestigious London School of Economics. He was hired to teach at the LSE following his graduation, and lived and worked in London for two years as an academic. Since that time, as an economist, he has worked with cities across Canada to manage redevelopment and invest in their urban infrastructure. In 2005, he established the Growing By Degrees Task Force to assist in expanding university education opportunities in Barrie, and has volunteered his time with many organizations in the City. Jeff lives near Downtown Barrie with his wife, Jennifer, a part-time professor of political science, and their young daughter Cassie, who is already smarter than her father.


18 Responses to “Fixing Traffic in the South End”
  1. Frank says:

    How about enforicing the speed laws instead? This city is on a spendathon. If the Mayor is trying to fit it all in in 4 years I understand why. Chances of 2nd term = 0

  2. Rob says:

    These improvements are needed for sure. Also, is there any progress on the Harvie Rd/Big Bay project? This understandably is a huge project as well but would allow a lot of the Mapleview/Essa traffic to flow through there instead.

  3. Jasmine says:

    “Fixing traffic”? More like making it dangerous for pedestrians. Who thought it would be a good idea to have BOTH sides of the sidewalk closed at the same time on one of the busiest stretches of pavement in Barrie? Pedestrians have to get around, too. I know this whole project is all about and all for the drivers, but let’s not forget, that doesn’t include everyone. I will definitely be sending a letter to the mayor’s office as well as the MP’s office. But until then, if you see pedestrians (myself included) walking in the street on Mapleview, and don’t think that we don’t realize it’s dangerous, don’t be surprised. You’ve left us with no other option… I see people walking through the sidewalk construction zones daily in order to avoid walking on the road, but now that there’s giant holes and machines everywhere, we can’t even do that anymore. I’m not saying don’t do the construction or don’t fix the roads – it needs to be done. I’m just saying it could have been much better planned so that it wouldn’t cause the problem that it is now.

    • Jen Slykhuis says:

      I agree Jasmine, also how about some bike lanes..I ride an e-bike but in Barrie there is a no bike on sidewalk bylaw, but if there is no other option what are we left with.
      I fear for my life on these roads, even more so now that they are widening, and no plan for bike lanes.
      I live in the south end and the traffic is horrible, I have even refused to shop at those stores by the construction.
      Putting the big super centre was mistake number one.

  4. Reid Ferguson says:


    While we appreciate the growth of Barrie and the initiatives being taken it seems to me (and our Business) that the cart is before the horse…..over and over again…….do the improvements BEFORE you build the projects.

    The many years we have been hearing about the Park Place or Essa developments (amongst many others) have provided lots of time to get ahead of the road developments required….it still does not happen.

    The age old debate of development cost vs revenue has clouded council’s vision.
    There are many ways to finance projects in reverse……you as council have chosen different and ineffective methods.

    You control development cost’s and the timing of investment.
    The tail can not wag the Dog…..yet you wait for fee’s to be paid before you build.
    Build first….and then charge more because you can deliver right away.

    Build BEFORE we need it….not after.
    You are killing our many business’s by your poorly thought out strategies (historical in context).

    Today it took 45 minutes to go from Yonge to the 400 on Mapleview…..Unacceptable.

    Barrie….elect Business people who know how to plan.
    Not the Butcher,Baker and Candlestick maker.

    If I planned my business this way we would be bankrupt.

    Today we are all paying for a poorly planned development strategy that has taken the better part of a decade to enact………and still despite the time we still have not executed properly.

    I have been asking John Brassard for nearly 5 years about the harvey road expansion and he can still not give a clear answer……council please get out and about in the real world and live the way the average citizen lives and you will unserstand the situation.

    • Darren B says:

      Forgive my impertinence, but for six of the past ten years Barrie was run by hard-core dyed-in-the-wool businessmen. A city is not a business; if you try to run it like a business, things break down and people get angry. You cannot apply a business model to a non-profit public entity, it just. doesn’t. work. (see: Barrie, 2001-2006)

  5. Robert Viera says:

    Do you know when we will have sidewalks again on Bayview Drive between Big Bay Pt Rd and Mapleview Dr?

    It would be nice if there was a safer place to walk on Bayview Drive on the other side of Big Bay Pt Rd as well. The road on this part of Bayview Dr is in pretty bad shape.


  6. Paul Picknell says:

    Your focused on a symptom and not the problem… the problem is Big Box stores and now with the North American development it will only get worse… blame that on the OMB.. the city council of the time at least tried to shut that project down. Look at 400 access at Big Bay Point… and Harvey on the other side.. that is a solution to break up the 400 traffic.. talk to the province. Another congested spot being made worse is Essa and 400.. Look at a bridge from Little to Ardagh… another solution.

  7. Joe says:

    I have to agree with many here with the frustration of mapleview. While we are building a not needed super box plaza, but also roads in the north of barrie are being forgotten. Duckworth, Eugenia and a few others around there need to be resurfaced as there are pot holes that are bigger than some cars on the road. Mean while the mapleview traffic is now at a level that is undrivable.

  8. Cherie says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Has the work on Mapleview ever been considered to be done at night? There are lots of dangers associated with this construction, when getting off the highway sometimes you are sitting on the highway waiting to get off,
    Maybe even considering having police presence because it ridiculous how many people are sitting in the middle of the intersection when the lights turn red and blocking traffic from moving, the side walks are closed, and its pretty dangerous on the corner of Mapleview and Bayview as you don’t know what line is straight and what line is for turning, there is a large amount of tracker trailers that use this intersection, I had almost got hit when I went straight and a dump truck turned and never saw me. Maybe there is a better way of dealing with this construction? Maybe like other cities do have them work later during the day after rush is over. My concern is with school starting next week how safe this is?

    Thanks again,


  9. Stephen says:

    “A part of our effort to help people get around the city more easily”. Well, I don’t drive a car. I ride a bicycle. And in NO way has this city EVER made any effort to help ME get around this city more easily. This city is not happy Jeff. Build bike lanes and pedestrian sidewalks in EVERY part of this city.

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