Water main break results in sinkhole, prolonged road closure in Kingston

Water gushes down the incline in the roadway after a Utilities Kingston truck fell into a sinkhole while responding to a broken water main on Sydenham Road on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024. Submitted photo.

The workday got off to a rough start for crews with Utilities Kingston, many of whom spent the full day at one location following a water main break.

The water main break occurred on Sydenham Road just north of Princess Street at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024. The incident resulted in some traffic backups at the usually busy intersection of Sydenham Road and Princess Street as utilities crews attempted to quickly resolve the issue.

But crews were faced with another issue when the road gave way under a Utilities Kingston truck responding to the water main break.

“As a result of the water main break, a sinkhole was created and a Utilities Kingston vehicle responding to the incident was impacted,” Utilities Kingston told to Kingstonist via email.

“Everyone involved is safe.”

While the truck was safely removed from the sink hole, crews remained on scene addressing the situation as of 5 p.m. According to information from Sergeant Steve Koopman of the Kingston Police on social media, the area of Sydenham Road between Princess Street and Crossfield Road will remain closed until approximately 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024, though it may be closed longer. Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

“Crews are on the scene and working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Customers can refer to the outage map on our website for the latest updates: https://utilitieskingston.com/Outages,” Utilities Kingston relayed.

The area where the roadway is blocked on Sydenham Road as Utilities Kingston crews carry out repair work.Image via Sgt. Steve Koopman on Facebook.
The road block on Sydenham Road is expected to be in place for at least 24 hours, Sgt. Steve Koopman of Kingston Police said on social media. Photo via Sgt. Steve Koopman on Facebook.

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