Sinkhole costs likely to top $500,000

City crews are working on determining the cause of the sinkhole that opened up at Winnipeg and Carney streets following this week's heavy rain. Crews will have to excavate down approximately 20 feet to look at a large drainage pipe installed the 1970s. Motorists are advised to avoid the area, if possible, as work will continue for at least the next few days. Bill Phillips photo
Sinkhole on Winnipeg Street.

The cost to repair the infamous sinkhole on Winnipeg Street will likely eclipse half a million dollars.

As of September 30, the tally was $460,069.21, according to the city’s quarterly procurement report. That money was spent with Formula Contractors, Associated Engineering, United Rentals, EDI (Environmental Dynamics Inc., GeoNorth Engineering Ltd., K2 Electric, Paladin Security PG, and SLR Consulting (Canada).

Work on the sinkhole, which showed up in May, wasn’t complete until the end of the October, so more expenses will be coming.

Other expenditures

  • The city spent $32,335 with Pinchin Ltd. on consulting services for the demolition of the Days Inn, which will make way for the new downtown pool.
  • Dollar figures were not available, however the city has hired HCMA Architecture + Design, HDR CEI Architecture Associates Inc., MJMA + SHAPE Architecture to provide consulting services for the new pool.
  • The city has spent $107,650 with HCMA Architecture + Design for the Firehall #1 replacement. It also spent $12,528 with L&M Engineering on the project.
  • The city spent $72,610 with  HLT Advisory Inc. for a feasibility study for renovation and expansion of PG Conference and Civic Centre.
  • The city has also spent $654,770 with A&T Project Developments Inc. on the George Street parkade construction.