/Collapse of shoring wall closes Newcastle Street
Newcastle Street is closed from Milne to St. Germaine until further notice.

Collapse of shoring wall closes Newcastle Street

By Chad Ingram

As of Monday afternoon a portion ofMinden's Newcastle Street remained closed to traffic and theHaliburton County office closed pending the assessment of thestability of the area's soil.

Just after 5 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 1 atemporary shoring wall gave way at 9 Newcastle St. where a 15-unitcondominium complex is being built by Huntsville's GreystoneConstruction.

The buckling of the wall allowed asection of soil near Newcastle Street to erode. Minden Hills townshiphas closed the street to traffic between Milne and St. Germainestreets and estimates it could be three days before the section ofroad is reopened to traffic.

“No one was injured by the failureand no damage was caused to adjacent properties” read a Nov. 2statement from the company. “The engineered system was underconstruction; not yet complete. Building construction had not yetbegun. Although investigations are ongoing it is assumed that therecent heavy rainfalls contributed to the erosion. The site has beenstabilized and new shoring is now being installed. We apologize forany inconvenience.”

The county office is closed until anassessment of the soil is completed.

The Township of Minden Hills officeremains open.