Partial reopening of the tunnel Atwater in Montreal
Photo: Paul Chiasson, The canadian Press
The tunnel Atwater was flooded when a water pipe was perforated during road works.
The tunnel Atwater, in the south-west of Montreal, has been partially reopened to traffic Thursday morning, nearly 48 hours after it was flooded when a water pipe was perforated during road works.
The two ways to transit the borough of Verdun to the neighborhood of Saint-Henri have been reopened, but those to the south remain closed for an unknown period.
The Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) has, therefore, waived the requirement for motorists travelling to the north to make a detour, in particular by the Charlevoix street, in a residential area.
The complete closure of the tunnel Atwater has caused significant traffic problems in the south-west of Montreal, because it is used by many motorists to head towards the city center or to the highway 15 that leads to the Champlain bridge, on one side, and to the Turcot, on the other.
The flooding of the tunnel and the surrounding area has resulted in a significant operation of water pumping and cleaning. The engineers then had to inspect the structures of the tunnel and of the bridge of the Canadian National railway situated nearby.