BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Crews are continuing to work on a portion of 26th Street in Baltimore that is buckling. This comes four years after the same road collapsed into the train tracks just two blocks away.
26th Street remains closed to through traffic between Guilford Ave. and Calvert St., along with the sidewalk on the southern side of the roadway.
As a precaution, vehicles have been removed from the area and relocated to the 2600 block of Calvert Street. Train traffic was also stopped for a period of time, but has been resumed as of Tuesday, with the City’s permission.
City leaders say crews will take down the sidewalk and the retaining wall where engineers found a dangerous crack, the cause of the problem.
Then, they’ll work on a plan to build a new wall. But Tuesday, the City declined to give an update on the progress or the timeframe for what will follow.
“I just hope they’ll fix it, and see what the problem is. Maybe check out the whole line, not just wait until something happens,” said Frank Crowley, a neighbor on the street.
In April 2014, a major landslide swallowed cars along East 26th Street and the road collapsed onto the CSX tracks below.
Engineers later determined that intense rains undermined the more than 100-year-old wall.
Since then, a spokesperson for CSX says the company has clearly outlined what it owns and what the city owns.
That wall that’s failing now, is Baltimore’s property. A second, separate wall lines the train tracks, maintained and inspected by CSX, is still intact.