Sinkhole on de la Montagne forces road closure, building evacuation
Road crews on scene of sidewalk collapse
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.
(arr.S-O & VM) Affaissement de la chaussée rue de la montagne. Direction nord entre rues Wellington et Ottawa fermée jusqu'à minimum 4 avril—@MTL_Circulation
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.