After a night of excavation and clearing out crumbled pieces of sidewalk and other debris, it was clear Tuesday that a section of the retaining wall holding East 26th Street in Baltimore above a cut of railroad tracks was failing.

It hadn’t collapsed fully, and there was no massive landslide of mud and cars onto the CSX Transportation line below as occurred in a similar incident on the street in 2014. In fact, trains were running Tuesday morning along the route, which connects the busy Port of Baltimore to points west.

But along half the block between North Calvert Street and Guilford Avenue in Charles Village, the wall had cracked and shifted, leaning away from the street and toward the tracks. Workers had cleared out a big trench of earth behind it, and could be overheard discussing when and how to remove the damaged wall.

The work followed a sinking of the sidewalk along the street and atop the retaining wall that began accelerating Monday morning and captured the attention of city officials.

German Vigil, a spokesman for the Baltimore Department of Transportation, said workers planned to completely remove the compromised portion of the wall, and crews would construct another structure to prevent more earth from shifting toward the train tracks. Click here to continue reading…

Credit: Kevin Rector & Sarah Meehan | The Baltimore Sun


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