At approximately 4:15 on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 the retaining wall along the south side of 26th Street between Charles and St. Paul Streets collapsed onto the CSX tracks below A variety of city agencies including CSX personnel immediately responded to the scene. Debris and soil fell onto the CSX tracks, which damaged the railway and stopped all train traffic in this area. Utility lines including water, waste water, and gas lines were also damaged. Residents along this stretch of 26th Street were evacuated from homes as a precautionary measure and the roadway was closed to traffic.
On May 3rd installation of a temporary wall began. By June 7th, 65 piles had been installed, stabilizing the ground and allowed the residents to re-occupy their homes. The damaged utility lines had either been replaced or temporarily by-passed.
On June 9th, excavation work began to remove the debris and soil so that work could begin to reconstruct the permanent wall. Excavation is now nearly complete and we will be pouring the concrete for the first part of the foundation of the new permanent wall by the end of this week. This now begins the process of reconstructing the permanent wall.