Manitoba highway reopens after sinkhole fixed

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A large section of Highway 83 collapsed in July, creating a sinkhole roughly 200 metres wide and about five metres deep in some places. The road reopened to traffic on Tuesday.
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A large section of Highway 83 collapsed in July, creating a sinkhole roughly 200 metres wide and about …

Part of a western Manitoba highway made impassable by a sinkhole this past summer has reopened to traffic, at least for the winter.

The provincial government says the portion of Highway 83 between Roblin and Russell, Man., that collapsed in July has been reconstructed into a two-lane gravel road.

The rebuilt road can carry all types of vehicles, including heavy trucks, through the winter, the province said recently.

An underground landslide created a sinkhole on the highway that was roughly 200 metres wide and five metres deep.

Highways officials will monitor the road over the winter, and an engineering analysis will help determine how to permanently rebuild the road.

It took Russell Ready Mix Concrete just over a month to rebuild the collapsed section of road. The work is expected to cost the province about $1.5 million.

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