Normal traffic flows on McDowell Road West near Langton should be restored by June.
Jason Godby, Norfolk’s director of public works administration, told Norfolk council on May 8 that a contractor has been recruited to perform a horizontal bore under McDowell Road. Once the tunneling is complete, a steel culvert that collapsed near the end of April will be replaced with a new one.
With the collapse of the metal pipe, the 40-foot deep roadbed overtop collapsed into the void. With it came a section of blacktop in the middle of the busy road measuring about 10 feet across by seven feet (three metres by 2.1 metres).
The culvert connects a swale on the north side of the road to a pond on the south side. Once the culvert is replaced, Godby said the county will set to work repairing the road bed and asphalt.
The road failure is a major inconvenience for motorists in the west end of Norfolk. McDowell Road is a busy thoroughfare connecting the Langton area with the west side of Simcoe.
The failure occurred about 4.5 kilometres west of Forestry Farm Road. For the time being, motorists in this area are advised to use Norfolk Road 21 south of McDowell Road back and forth between Simcoe and Langton, which is situated on Highway 59.