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Huge sinkhole in Chinatown closes part of Saint-Laurent Boulevard

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It might not be as big as the one back in 2013 that swallowed a backhoe at the corner of Ste-Catherine and Guy streets – but this one, a huge sinkhole that opened up at the corner of Saint-Laurent Blvd and Viger Avenue this morning in Montreal’s Chinatown, almost swallowed a complete traffic light. A part of Saint-Laurent Blvd. between De La Gauchetiere St. and Viger Ave. has been closed and is not expected to re-open at least until late Monday and perhaps even later. It is believed to have been caused by work going on at a nearby condo development.

In a CTV news report, Montreal spokesperson Philippe Sabourin said, “What’s happening on St. Laurent is the responsibility of the private entrepreneur… the City of Montreal will make sure the cost of construction will be paid by the private entrepreneur. At this point, that’s not our main concern. Our main concern is to reopen the road as soon as possible.” Check back later for updates.

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