Sinkhole takes huge chunk out of busy Canadian highway

June 28, 2011ONTARIO – A section of Highway 148 near Luskville, Ont., is now a canyon 18 meters deep, a victim of Friday’s heavy rains. Remarkably, the family living next to the giant gap owns a construction company with expertise in exactly the type of work that will be needed to fix the road. Not only does James Nugent, of R.H. Nugent Construction, have 35 years of experience in the field, he has the heavy machinery parked only a few hundred meters from the caved-in road. “We were called in right off the bat,” he said. “There’s nothing signed, but we probably will be proceeding with the work under an emergency situation. They want a company that can start right away.” Nugent said the large pipe that ran under that stretch of the highway seems to have been blocked at the intake. The torrents of water late last week stressed the situation causing the pipe to buckle and the ground above the pipe became waterlogged and gave way. Since the initial cave-in, the canyon has grown wider, with landslides from the edge happening several times. He said it will likely happen again and people should stay clear of the edge by 10 meters on either side. “It could let go any time,” he said. In the meantime, even with a company next door with expertise in replacing such pipes it will likely take six weeks to do the work, Nugent said. That will have major consequences for commuters, of course, as the main artery connecting Ottawa and Gatineau to the Pontiac will be out of commission for so much of the summer. One bit of good news is that a two kilometer detour is now open around the area. Eddie McCann, mayor of the town of Pontiac, said it took a lot of very fast work by municipal and provincial crews to repair Parker Road, which was also damaged by all the water. –Ottawa Citizen
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11 Responses to Sinkhole takes huge chunk out of busy Canadian highway

  1. PansPermia says:

    It’s all so much. If it’s not a crack on the earths surface it’s a hole. I, like many of you am glad no one was hurt.

    So much has happened today in the area of destruction – let’s chalk this one up as God’s sense of humor after all it was on a road, ( not busy freeway) and no one got hurt. HE saw to that. Now the next sink hole may be in a place where it will harm someone and will not be a laughing matter.

    But for now I’m just happy it’s not a volcanic eruption, earthquake, hurricane, tornado or something else much worse like a huge asteroid hurling toward our beloved Mother Earth.


  2. Gordon Muma says:

    This was not a sink hole, rather an undermining of a culvert which allows water, in it’s liquid state to transverse from point a, to point b, usually in a gravity fed direction. The rapid flow of water would erode the lining around the culvert and cause a catostrophic failure of the water course, thereby creating what one may call, “a sinkhole”.


  3. Marco says:

    Luskville is in Québec.


  4. Kim says:

    Glad to see no one was hurt.

    Blessings in Christ


  5. Ron says:

    I would rather email this to you but I just saw it.

    Sinkhole Madness!!!


  6. ashuka says:

    Alvin what do you make of this?


    • I think it’s a growing problem with the record amounts of rainfall we’ve been having. Canadian geology seems particularly susceptible to large-scale erosive or subsidence events. I think one person provided a pretty good narative on the causitive agents behind the underlying culvert collapse.


  7. organic dream says:

    that area is notorious for sink holes, but Gordon could be right, ether way, I wouldn’t get our nickers in a knot over that one.


  8. Deej says:

    Point in fact, though, it’s Luskville, QUEBEC. I live near there, drive that stretch often.

    That’s also right near where the ‘flying bear’ killed those motorists a few weeks back…


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