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Massive pothole forces partial closure of Montreal’s Parc Avenue

Parc Avenue sinkhole forces road closures
WATCH: A storm drain broke Wednesday night causing part of the street to collapse. Crews had to close Parc Avenue northbound on Sherbrooke Street and southbound traffic was reduced to one lane. In order to repair the giant hole, crews had to dig about eight feet to pull up the broken concrete pipe and other debris. Global's Tim Sargeant has more.

The City of Montreal has closed a stretch of Parc Avenue after a large pothole appeared on the major artery on Wednesday night.

The northbound lanes of Parc Avenue between Sherbrooke Street and Pine Avenue remain off limits to drivers on Thursday as emergency repairs get underway.

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A portion of the street collapsed after a storm drain pipe broke. City workers and private contractors have since dug about eight feet into the ground to pull up the broken pipe and other debris.

The gaping hole forced the city to put orange cones around the area in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough so drivers would avoid it.

The city was initially forced to close both sides of the street, but one of the southbound opened nearly 12 hours later.

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— With files from Global News’ Tim Sargeant