06/08/2012 01:22 EDT | Updated 08/08/2012 05:12 EDT

Sherbrooke Street sinkhole repairs almost complete

Montreal's downtown sinkhole should be repaired by Saturday, two weeks after the crater appeared and caused a partial closure of Sherbrooke Street West.

The four metre square sinkhole opened up in between McGill College Avenue and University Street on May 22, just hours after a massive student protest marched over the stretch of road.

The collapse was attributed to problems with a century-old water main under the roadway.

The street will be reopened Saturday afternoon, which, according to the city, is two weeks ahead of schedule.

The total cost for the emergency fix was $320,000. According to a news release from the city, that is a fraction of the traditional cost because of a new technique used to make the repairs.