Montreal Police Order Emergency Road Closures As Building Threatens To Collapse
Rue St-Denis is closed between rues Jean-Talon and Bélanger.
The SPVM has just announced that rue St-Denis and Bélanger have been closed in part. The city's police force published a Tweet explaining that a building on the street needs to be evaluated.
An SPVM spokesperson has confirmed that engineers and firefighters are evaluating an old building that recently underwent renovations, and deemed it necessary to close the street indefinitely.
The tweet can be found below:
Rue St-Denis is closed between Jean-Talon and Bélanger. Bélanger is closed between St-Denis and St-Vallier. The streets are closed in both directions.
UPDATE 16:44: St-Denis is open. Rue Belanger remains closed.
An SPVM spokesperson confirmed that an evaluation of the building's structure needs to be made by the city's engineers. Firefighters are also on the scene.
Following renovations of a building on the corner of Bélanger and St-Denis, the building's structure may no longer be stable. As we can see from the streetview, many of the buildings in the area are older.
A report from La Presse further explains that the building threatens to collapse.
The two streets are closed to all circulation in both directions.
Other sources seem to confirm that the unnamed building is at risk of collapsing.
A Montreal-based traffic monitoring organisation released this information.
There is no other information available at the moment. We will update this post as more information becomes available.