Water main repairs in downtown Montreal put off until Tuesday

Pedestrians slipping and sliding on ice caused by a water main gushing since Friday at Peel and Ste-Catherine Streets will have to wait a bit longer for the problem to be resolved.

Water has been gushing at corner of Peel and Ste-Catherine streets since Friday

A water main at the corner of Peel and Ste-Catherine streets won't be repaired before Tuesday, four days after it ruptured. (CBC)

Pedestrians slipping and sliding on ice since Friday, caused by a water main break that is gushing water at the corner of Peel and Ste-Catherine streets, will have to wait a bit longer for the problem to be resolved.

The Ville-Marie borough had planned to fix the issue Monday, but has had to put off the work until Tuesday at the earliest.

Borough spokesperson Joan Lacasse said it is considered a "controlled leak" and that more pressing work, such as snow removal, meant city workers were unable to get to it right away.

"There is no danger of flooding and the water is going back into the sewers, so it was considered somewhat less urgent, " Lacasse said.

Workers have spread abrasives to help make things easier for pedestrians.

The water main break comes less than two months after Peel Street was reopened to traffic following five months of work to replace century-old pipes between Ste-Catherine and De Maisonneuve streets.

Lacasse said it is impossible to know whether there is any link to the work until workers are able to take a look underground.

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