British Columbia

Sinkhole closes Vancouver roadway all week

The sinkhole that led to the closure of SE Marine Drive will take at least the rest of this week to repair, Vancouver city officials say.

The sinkhole that led to the closure of SE Marine Drive will take at least the rest of this week to repair, Vancouver city officials say.

"Monday morning daylight has revealed a much more complex repair job to close a sinkhole that opened Sunday afternoon," a city information bulletin said Monday.

The 14-metre-long hole is between St. George and Fraser.

"As a result, that section of SE Marine Drive will be closed in both directions for at least this week, " the bulletin said.

There were no injuries or vehicle damage as a result of the hole opening up.

Motorists are encouraged to find alternate routes north of Marine Drive to ease the traffic congestion detouring off Marine onto Kent Avenue.

Metro Vancouver, Terasen Gas and City of Vancouver crews are on site and are working to repair 2.5-metre Metro sewer line, a 30-cm city water main and a 7.5-cm natural gas line. 

In excavating the site to remove the broken asphalt and expose the damaged service lines, crews have found the damage to some of the lines and the roadway is more extensive than originally thought.

The damage extends under all three eastbound lanes of Marine Drive into the westbound lanes.

A TransLink spokesperson said the No. 100 and No. 8 buses have both been rerouted off SE Marine Drive. Transit users are being advised to check the TransLink website before heading out.

Once all of the lines are restored, city crews will fill and repave the street.

Water and some of the gas services were returned to nearby homes and businesses at about 10 p.m. PT Sunday night. Gas service is still off in several locations on the south side of Marine Dr.

The cause of the sinkhole remains under investigation.

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