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Sinkhole opens up in downtown Montreal

A sinkhole big enough to swallow a person opened up right in the middle of downtown Montreal on De La Montagne Street on Saturday afternoon.

De La Montagne between De Maisonneuve Blvd. and Ste-Catherine Street West partially closed

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A sinkhole big enough to swallow a person opened up right in the middle of downtown Montreal on De La Montagne Street on Saturday afternoon.

The sinkhole appeared just a few days after Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre announced his plans to do a $80-million overhaul of Ste-Catherine Street, including major repairs to the street's aging underground infrastructure.

Coderre said this week that that underground repair work is a perfect opportunity to revamp the street level as well.

“We have to renew all the infrastructure, but I think Ste-Catherine deserves more than just to change a pipe,” Coderre said on Tuesday.