May 31, 2014 9:33 pm

Saskatchewan highway repaired after sinkhole swallows road

Photo of a sinkhole on Highway 3 taken by RCMP Sgt. Dinsdale of Shellbrook Detachment on May 9.

Saskatchewan RCMP / Supplied

SHELLBROOK, Sask. – With the installation of a new and bigger culvert, motorists can once again travel on Highway 3, west of Shellbrook, Sask.

As the spring melt arrived in the province, the original culvert failed under Highway 3 near the hamlet of Mont Nebo, Sask.

RCMP say the sinkhole was reported by someone who realized a large hole had formed across the entire highway.

The road was closed after a culvert washout left it impassable in late April.

At one point, nearly 90 per cent of the roadway was a sink hole.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure says it made every effort to speed up repairs and the installation was completed a week earlier than initially planned.

The ministry announced traffic was flowing again on Thursday but reminds drivers to always slow down to 60 km/hr in highway construction zones.

Shellbrook is approximately 125 kilometres north of Saskatoon.

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