Repair Underway for Sinkhole on McCarthy Boulevard
Repair is underway on a sinkhole that appeared on McCarthy Boulevard between Brunskill Place and 4th Avenue on Friday night.
In order to complete the repair work, road closures include:
- One lane northbound on McCarthy Boulevard from Brunskill Place to 4th Avenue.
- Southbound on McCarthy from Mikkelson Drive to 4th Avenue is open to local traffic only.
- Southbound on McCarthy from 4th Avenue to Brunskill is fully closed.
City of Regina staff and two specialized contractors worked this weekend on prepping for the repair. This prep work included hooking up temporary water for eleven homes, setting up traffic restrictions and keeping the site secure.
Today, the team is onsite setting up a bypass pumping system for the affected sewer line. Bypass pumping will commence the morning of Monday, March 30. These large pumps will be noisy and will remain running until the repair is complete. We ask for the patience of nearby residents, as the bypass system will ensure that nearly two thirds of City of Regina households will continue to have sewer services throughout repair.
Excavation is anticipated to begin tomorrow. It is anticipated that work will be completed within a week. The health, safety and wellbeing of our community is our top priority. We are working with our staff and contractors to ensure safety protocols are in place and work is being carried out with due diligence to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The sinkhole appeared on Friday, March 27 at approximately 6 p.m. The hole is 10 feet wide and approximately 15 feet deep. Regina Police Service quickly secured the scene. No injuries resulted from the sinkhole.
A 60” sewer line collapsed causing the sinkhole. Water Security Agency was notified as a courtesy; however, formal notification was not required because no sewage leaked. The collapse of the sewer line does not affect the drinking water. Water lines run above sewer lines.
Over the past five years, major sewer lines across the City have been inspected to identify areas requiring replacement or repair. By the end of 2020, nearly 500 km of lines will have been inspected with 140 km slated for the upcoming season. This inspection work helps to identify at risk areas within the system and determine a construction schedule. The area that failed on Friday was slated for repair during the 2020 construction season.