Sinkhole on de la Montagne forces road closure, building evacuation

Montreal has closed de la Montagne Street between Wellington and Ottawa streets and evacuated a residential building as a precautionary measure, after the collapse of sidewalk Friday.

Road crews on scene of sidewalk collapse

Circulation will be blocked until at least April 4. (Elysha Enos/Google)

De la Montagne Street is shut down in both directions between Wellington and Ottawa streets following the collapse of a sidewalk Friday.

Traffic in both directions is being detoured.

Civil protection officials ordered the evacuation of two residences in a building adjacent to the collapsed sidewalk. They hope to be able to allow the tenants to return shortly, once inspectors have declared the building to be safe. 

A spokesman for Montreal's Southwest borough, Thierry Larivée, said the hole on the east sidewalk is about 2 metres long.

He said it appears that the soil underneath the sidewalk has eroded. Crews are on scene.

Larivée said the street has been closed as a precautionary measure, and he expects it will be open in at least one direction by Saturday.