City Approves $12 Million To Repair Block On Collapsed Street

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Paying for 26th Street. The city has approved a $12 million contract to repair the block that collapsed during heavy rain in April.

Pat Warren reports East 26th between Charles and St. Paul streets is still far from back to normal.

It’s a day the city won’t soon forget and for those whose homes and businesses are on that block of 26th Street, the repair seems slow in coming—not to mention the nuisance.

“Noisy, loud, inconvenient,” said Jeff Sewell.

Sewell says he was in his office when the retaining wall along a CSX railroad tunnel came down.

“Yeah, it was pretty scary. I ran out back and looked out to see the street and half of it was gone,” he said.

The Baltimore Board of Estimates approved a $12 million contract to Concrete General for construction and repair. That’s short of the city’s original estimate. The breakdown of the cost has more than $5 million for the temporary wall, $10 million for the construction of the permanent wall, another $1.5 million for street reconstruction and $1 million for engineering. That’s $18.5 million. Not all of those expenses are included in the contract awarded to Concrete General.

“Our goal has always been to make sure the residents were made whole and then to sort out the details and the responsibility issue with CSX,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

As for the railroad, the mayor says they’re in regular conversations with CSX but they have not come to an agreement on what—if any—costs the railroad will share.

The company receiving the contract was selected under an emergency declaration since it was already working on a city project nearby when the wall collapsed.

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