06/15/2014 01:21 EDT | Updated 08/15/2014 05:59 EDT

Sinkhole opens up in downtown Montreal

A sinkhole big enough to swallow a person opened up right in the middle of downtown Montreal on De La Montagne Street on Saturday afternoon.

The sinkhole appeared just a few days after Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre announced his plans to do a $80-million overhaul of Ste-Catherine Street, including major repairs to the street's aging underground infrastructure.

Coderre said this week that that underground repair work is a perfect opportunity to revamp the street level as well.

“We have to renew all the infrastructure, but I think Ste-Catherine deserves more than just to change a pipe,” Coderre said on Tuesday.