Sinkhole Emerges in Downtown Medicine Hat

Pictured: City crews work to repair a sinkhole on the corner of 4th Street and 6th Avenue in downtown Medicine Hat on May 16th, 2017. Photo Credit: CJCY News.

City crews are working to repair a sinkhole that caused further detours in downtown Medicine Hat today (May 16).

Drivers were met by an unexpected detour in downtown Medicine Hat today (May 16), as a sinkhole emerged on the corner of 4th Street and 6th Avenue. The metre-wide hole was spotted by a city staffer on Monday night, with the area being closed off and traffic reduced to one lane this morning. Superintendent of Operations with Municipal Works, Trevor Funk, says the collapse of aging storm sewer infrastructure is to blame. He adds crews have started to repair the damage. “They cut out the bad area on the surface and dig out the affected roadway,” says Funk, “We're replacing the storm sewer infrastructure, so the catch basin and the pipe that also failed, and then they pack it back in and redo the surface.” Funk says given the current forecast, the hole has been temporarily filled until the weather improves. Construction is expected to recommence on Thursday (May 18) and a full road closure will likely be in place. - Jaelene Skaley

Trevor Funk, Superintendent of Operations, Municipal Works, City of Medicine Hat

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