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Updated: Workers begin repairs on broken water main that closed Barry Downe

City says one lane in each direction now open to traffic, repairs to be completed by noon tomorrow
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UPDATE AT 5:32 P.M.

Public works crews have begun repairing a broken water main that forced the closure of several blocks of Barry Downe Road near the New Sudbury Shopping Centre this afternoon.

According to a statement from City of Greater Sudbury spokesperson Marie Edsall, one northbound and one southbound lane are now open on Barry Downe between Fairburn Street and Hawthorne Drive.

"Repairs are underway and are expected to be complete tomorrow (Monday) by about noon," Edsall said in the statement. "Residents and businesses in the area may notice low water pressure and/or discoloured water until repairs are complete."

Greater Sudbury Transit buses have now returned to their regular routes. Passengers can visit mybus.greatersudbury.ca for real time route information.

UPDATE AT 3:05 P.M.

At 3 p.m., City of Greater Sudbury spokesperson Marie Edsall issued the following statement:

A watermain break has resulted in a full road closure on Barrydowne Road between Fairburn Street and Hawthorne Drive. Crews are on scene and updates will be provided.

Greater Sudbury Transit Routes: The outbound routes on Barrydowne will be detoured left on Hawthorne, right on Attlee and right on Lasalle. Routes 402, 303 and 241 will be detoured onto Hawthorne and turn left on Barrydowne. Delays are expected. Please visit mybus.greatersudbury.ca for real time route information.

UPDATE AT 2:45 P.M.

At 2:43 p.m., Greater Sudbury Police tweeted that Barry Downe Road will remain closed for "an undetermined amount of time due to erosion."

Residents are asked to find alternate routes.

UPDATE AT 2:28 P.M.

A large section of Barry Downe Road running from Hawthorne Drive all the way to the New Sudbury Shopping Centre has been closed to traffic after a large heave appeared in the road.

Officers on the scene tell Sudbury.com that the sink hole is likely due to a burst 24" water distribution trunk under the road surface caused by thawing temperatures.

Sudbury.com has not confirmed that with City officials at this time.

Public works crews are currently on the scene assessing the situation but no work to repair the damage has begun.

Water can be seen flowing out of the crack in the pavement.

The officers we spoke to expect a lengthy closure to the strip of Barry Downe.

Police have established barricades at both ends of the closed section and are directing traffic away from the area.

Sudbury.com will continue to provide updates as they become available.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A sink hole has closed a stretch of Barry Downe Road between Hawthorne Drive and the New Sudbury Shopping Centre.

According to tweets from the Greater Sudbury Police, officers are on the scene directing traffic and public works crews have arrived.

GSPS is advising motorists of delays and asking residents to avoid the area.

Sudbury.com will provide updates as they become available.


Callam Rodya

About the Author: Callam Rodya

Callam Rodya is a New Media Reporter at Sudbury.com working on camera and behind the scenes to bring you all of today's top stories.
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