Highway 25 blocked in both directions after road collapses in Lanaudière

A stretch of Highway 25 is closed in Saint-Roch-de-L'Achigan after a hole opened up in the road. Officials say rain and melting snow led to an increase in water running underneath the highway.

Traffic brought to a standstill, road closed entirely as a precaution

Highway 25 is closed in both directions in Saint-Roch-de-L'Achigan because of this hole. (Charles Contant/CBC)

A stretch of Highway 25 is closed in both directions in Quebec's Lanaudière region after a portion of the road collapsed. 

The road is closed in Saint-Roch-de-L'Achigan, which caused a traffic jam during the morning commute.

The hole is seven metres deep and nine metres wide.

The closure brought traffic to a standstill near Saint-Roch-de-L'Achigan, Que. (Pascal Robidas/Radio-Canada)

Officials closed the northbound side of the road last Friday after part of the road collapsed.

Transports Québec spokesperson Sarah Bensadoun said they decided to shut down the highway in both directions last night over concerns more of the road could give way.

A worker tests the ground near Highway 25, where a portion of the road gave way. (Lauren McCallum/CBC)

The recent warm weather and heavy rain increased the flow of water under the road, leading to the collapse, Bensadoun said.

There's no timeline for when the road will reopen, she said.

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