So here is another set of images of holes of Montreal. As the description above states it was on Greene Avenue, and again it was an pipe laid by the family firm of Laurin and Leitch. I would say that seventy years underground was a bit beyond its intended life, so yeah, it broke.
When I am in Montreal and I see a hole in the ground, I ponder at whether the pipe they are replacing is a family pipe. After all a lot of the city’s infrastructure still dates from the golden time when my great-grandfather was in business.