On August 19th, 2005, the Greater Toronto Area saw one of its largest storms ever. In one hour, 130mm of rainwater fell flooding many roads crippling the area. In the wake of the storm, damages totalled $400-$500 million. The City of Vaughan was not spared. At one of Vaughan’s busiest intersections, a huge sinkhole formed at a crucial throughway for the city’s economy. Storm water forced earth and water to rise from an aquifer causing a bubble to form. This created a slow upward movement eventually tearing apart the road and breaking a watermain.
The result, a large segment of the concrete and asphalt fell into the earth. In the aftermath, many planning and committee meetings began tightening their grip on the flow of trucks, transports and thousands of commuters. If something weren’t done quickly, businesses and the local economy would inevitably suffer and possibly disappear. Dawdling any further was not an option. To fill this sinkhole, and the hole the economy was falling into, the City of Vaughan faced a hefty problem. The city realized that only one company had the resources, expertise and the manpower to turn this disaster around in such a short amount of time.
They turned to Clearway. Immediately, workers were on site with all the necessary equipment. They showed up with commitment, unparalleled skill and most importantly, empathy for the area’s residents. And yes, they also showed up with heavy machinery to start the job.
Day in, day out, the team excavated, implemented compaction grouting, re-installed all of the existing damaged infrastructure and provided a stable base on which to reconstruct the intersection. Throughout the course of the project, daily meetings were held for revisions due to the project’s evolving nature. Then back to the site where revisions were executed. For 10 months, the site crew worked to repair the sinkhole. And after the intersection’s complete shutdown, Clearway opened the road up for traffic and the local businesses.