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Road collapses. Watermain breaks in north end of city (updated)

Monday, January 28, 2013   by: Carol Martin
SooToday has been contacted by the individual whose truck sunk in the road yesterday.
"I just wanted you to know what a great job the PUC did for us," said the message. "They were more than professional right from the young man who set out the pilons to the supervisor who came to follow up with me this morning and make sure everything was okay."
The PUC response to the incident was prompt, courteous and efficient, said the message.
"It was a big job and they had it finished in just a matter of hours with a minimum of disturbance to neighbours in the area of the rupture."
Original story Sunday, 9:14 p.m.
At about 5:30 this afternoon a resident on Killarney Street found a soft spot on the road in front of his or her driveway, reports Sault Ste. Marie Police Service.

"The person was attempting to back into a driveway when the tire of the truck sunk into the road through a pothole," said Staff Sergeant Monique Rollin today.  

A watermain rupture was discovered in the collapse of the road, says a spokesperson for the PUC.

He reports that he expects  to be working on repairs to the main for most of the night.

Killarney Road, which is near the Villa Inn Motel on Great Northern Road, will be closed between Great Northern Road and Terrance Avenue while PUC repairs the broken main.

Water will also be shut off to the houses on Killarney Road while the main is repaired.

The truck had to be towed out of the area of the collapsed road but sustained little damage, reports Rollin.

Sault Ste. Marie PUC repairs an average of 90 watermain breaks a year, most of which are in the older cast iron mains, says the PUC website. 

It services, operates, maintains, constructs, repairs and replaces approximately 470 km of distribution mains to supply water to the people of Sault Ste. Marie and the Rankin community of Batchewana First Nation.

Just over half of those mains are made of cast iron.

The rest are made of ductile iron, PVC and concrete pressure pipe.

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I'm In 1/27/2013 10:08:47 PM Report

And thats what we pay PUC for a new building, we as municipal taxpayers should start holding city hall responsible for this nonsense, the wagon trains had better roads than what we drive on.
Wisenheimer 1/27/2013 10:34:28 PM Report

Just think how much of our city utillity infrastructure could have been upgraded with the 20 million spent on the new Taj Mahal on the 2nd Line.
JustMe1234567 1/28/2013 12:15:13 AM Report

The 500 Second Line East PUC office location opens at 1pm on Monday, January 28th.
That's tomorrow!
Things are ready to go at the classy new digs on the hill, ain't that swell.
We should send flowers or maybe cupcakes or sumthin.

No wait, I have a perfect gift! I could send my toothbrush, because ever since they changed the water and I use it, when it dries - it is CRUNCHY hard bristles! Never had a crunchy toothbrush from the water before.
Anyone else notice this?
As a test to my crunchy toothbrush theory I stayed at a friends with well water this weekend....guess what? No crunchy toothbrush in the morn!
True story.

Prrrrrrr 1/28/2013 12:58:04 AM Report

The water is very hard here...bad hair days every day!
Snowdon 1/28/2013 2:01:25 AM Report

That's funny, because my toothbrush always became hard my whole life living here.

Classic 'communicated disease' syndrome.
TFinn 1/28/2013 7:32:01 AM Report

Snowdon 1/28/2013 2:01:25 AM

Your toothbrush must be too close to those little blue pills. However you can take it to the SAH if lasts longer than 4 hrs ....!!

..... it's Monday what do you expect
TFinn 1/28/2013 7:38:47 AM Report

I'm In 1/27/2013 10:08:47 PM

You ever driven down those side streets over by the Old Hospital area ... you will need an alignment after a few passes down those streets ..!!
Mr. Boboliona 1/28/2013 8:42:44 AM Report

If only they had an extra $100,000.00 to put towards repairs like this...
Ricatoni 1/28/2013 10:49:16 AM Report

puc= public useless committee...
thanks for your billions of dollars folks, we at the puc will all be thinking about you guys in our brand new hilton on the hill....Laughing our asses off at you tax paying idiots >>>>>>>>>.............oh yea watch out for them holes in the roads they will be getting worse before they get any better.......also we are going to be needing huge increases in wages this year this will mean big increases in your bills this is so we can continue to bring in the cream of the crop employees...... LOL
right wing 1/28/2013 4:21:30 PM Report

The PUC has nothing to do with road repairs.

Glad to see the new PUC complex finally opening.
It was past due for a new complex.
It will serve the residents of the Sault well now and for many years to come.
Sam C 1/28/2013 4:27:13 PM Report

right wing... in the case of main breaks and the like, the PUC does do its own road repairs.
Sam C 1/28/2013 4:29:08 PM Report

right wing... sorry, I thought you were commenting on the story. I had skipped over those posts from Ricatoni and TFinn.
danno2257 1/28/2013 7:14:23 PM Report

PuC will increase taxes so we can donate yearly!
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