Collapse of shoring wall closes Newcastle Street
By Chad Ingram
As of Monday afternoon, a portion of Minden's Newcastle Street remained closed to traffic and the Haliburton County office closed pending the assessment of the stability of the area's soil.
Just after 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, a temporary shoring wall gave way at 9 Newcastle St., where a 15-unit condominium complex is being built by Huntsville's Greystone Construction.
The buckling of the wall allowed a section of soil near Newcastle Street to erode. Minden Hills township has closed the street to traffic between Milne and St. Germaine streets, and estimates it could be three days before the section of road is reopened to traffic.
“No one was injured by the failure, and no damage was caused to adjacent properties,” read a Nov. 2 statement from the company. “The engineered system was under construction; not yet complete. Building construction had not yet begun. Although investigations are ongoing, it is assumed that the recent heavy rainfalls contributed to the erosion. The site has been stabilized, and new shoring is now being installed. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
The county office is closed until an assessment of the soil is completed.
The Township of Minden Hills office remains open.