A major north-south corridor in Calgary is now clear sailing after the road was closed after one of the largest water main breaks crews have ever seen.

The break initially occurred at about 10 p.m. on Saturday, 15 feet under Crowchild Trail, one of the city’s busiest roadways.

Crowchild sees tens of thousands of drivers every day and all of those commuters were forced to take alternate routes during both the morning and afternoon rush hours on Monday.

The new replacement pipe is now in the ground and the hole excavated, about the size of a house, is filled bit by bit to ensure the pipe maintains integrity and the road surface won’t be compromised.

Ryan Jestin with the City of Calgary says the repair was a greatly coordinated effort and it helped that Mother Nature was kind. “Mother Nature really paid attention to our needs. If this was -19, I’m telling you right now, it’s far, far more complex.”

The City of Calgary hasn’t released any estimate on repair costs.