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Baltimore City Infrastructure A Huge Concern After 26th Street Collapse

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Baltimore City officials say they plan to release a more comprehensive report on the road collapse in Charles Village that displaced several residents and totaled a number of cars.

Rochelle Ritchie has more on the concern for the city’s infrastructure.

Those weighing in Tuesday say while they are not directly affected by the collapse they are very concerned about driving around the city.

It’s day six of the street collapse in Baltimore City and every day spectators stop by to get a glimpse of the mass destruction.

Now the awe of the collapse has turned into concern as some wonder just how stable are city streets.

“This isn’t something that a neighborhood association can take care of. This is something the city needs to step in or the state or whoever is responsible. It’s shocking to me. How did it deteriorate to this level?” said Roby Rawl, of Charles Village.

“They always get taken care of after the fact, which is the same,” said Bill Jordan, of Charles Village.

It was last week when a bystander captured shocking video of 26th Street collapsing onto the CSX tracks below.

The city says 26th Street was assessed a year ago, and they discovered nothing alarming.

CSX trains are back up and running. Some wonder if that will cause more problems.

As the train passes through you can definitely feel the vibration underneath the ground, and that has some people wondering if the train has anything to do with the collapse.

“I live back there and all the trains vibrates the houses,” one man said.

Several homes had to be evacuated, and Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle closed for a day after the collapse. The school is now back open, and parents say they are still concerned about  their children’s safety.

“They have to come by for physical activity and they should still be concerned about their safety, as well as students that live in the neighborhood that have been uprooted as well,” said Daren Muhammad, parent.

City officials say a thorough evaluation was done to make sure there was no more shifting of the ground in this area, and they found nothing that would suggest another collapse could happen.

WJZ is expecting an update Wednesday from the Department of Transportation and the mayor on the street collapse investigation.

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