Traffic is blocked on de Maisonneuve boulevard because of a crack in the basement of the downtown department store “The Bay.” The crack runs all the way to the McGill Metro station. As a precaution, the green line of the Metro is closed between Berri and Lionel Groulx. Also, The Bay has been evacuated, as well as some nearby buildings.
I went for a look. Here we see a small scrum of reporters waiting for the street to collapse, as had been rumoured might happen. I heard one cameraman say “It better collapse soon, I gotta be somewhere.”
It is unknown if there is any connection between this and the construction of the new bicycle lane along de Maisonneuve (you can see the new lane, and the new median, running along the left side of the street).
Update: apparently there’s a crack in the street too, and it runs about 100 feet (between Aylmer and Union streets). Authorities say the “worst case scenario” is a collapse of the street.