08/05/2011 04:31 EDT | Updated 10/05/2011 05:12 EDT

Montreal Tunnel Collapse: Repairs Nearly Complete, Poised To Reopen Saturday


MONTREAL - A major downtown Montreal tunnel where huge slabs of concrete fell onto the roadway is expected to reopen to traffic on Saturday.

Speaking in Montreal today, Quebec Transport Minister Sam Hamad said the tunnel will undergo a final inspection by engineers before vehicles are allowed.

The tunnel on the Ville-Marie expressway passes under the heart of the city and has been closed since last Sunday morning.

Nobody was injured in the accident.

Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois said today the government has to take part of the responsibility for the collapse.

She points out it was the province which awarded contracts to private firms for repair work she described as questionable.