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Old 12-28-05, 05:38 PM   #1
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The side of a major excavation in downtown Vancouver collapsed on December 26th, taking out the sidewalk and at least one lane of the street. (Boxing Day, a holiday in Canada, so no workers in the hole, and little traffic on the street.) This has closed one side of the street, and completely screwed up the downtown's main east-west cycling route.

The best part, however, is the quote given to the media by the City Works spokesperson:

"Holy crap," said Murray Wightman, a streets superintendent for 20 years, as he surveyed the damage. "This is a good size. This is a huge challenge, I haven't seen anything like this."

Gotta love this stuff. "Hey, Murray, go give them reporters a statement, okay?"
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Old 12-28-05, 05:40 PM   #2
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Can't seem to locate any, as I don't subscribe to the local papers' online service. I'll keep looking as time permits.
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Haven't they heard of 'excavation shoring' and 'tiebacks' in Vancouver? Or are they a little slow on the uptake in the GeoTech department? Or were there unusual conditions, e.g. saturation from torrential rains or something else going on here? IMO, some geologist or engineer is going to get their ass sued over this...
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Haven't they heard of 'excavation shoring' and 'tiebacks' in Vancouver? Or were there unusual conditions, e.g. saturation from torrential rains or something else going on here?
They had these jeezly big hunks of threaded rebar driven into the sides of the excavation. One theory is that one of those punctured a water main. Just a theory at this point. Now I'm getting the jibblies every time I cycle past one of those monster excavations, and we've got them all over downtown and False Creek. AND it's been raining a ton over the past week.
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