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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
Several steps away from the crumbling edge of East 26th Street in Charles Village, a construction worker slowly unrolled a long yellow measuring tape into a circular hole about the size of a sewer manhole lid. Foot after foot of the tape disappeared as he sought to learn the depth of the hole being bored straight down into the earth by a hulking orange drilling machine anchored not far from St. Paul Street. Another worker at the block-long construction site Tuesday said the hole is the first of many that will be cut into the street as part of a new design to keep East 26th Street and the earth beneath it from spilling down onto the railroad tracks, which run parallel to the street, as they did last week when a century-old retaining wall collapsed amid heavy rain.
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By Kevin Rector and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
City and CSX Transportation maintenance crews did not do a good job responding to repeated complaints from residents about street damage on the Baltimore block that collapsed in the spring, according to the city's transportation director and a report reviewing previous inspections. The city of Baltimore issued the report Sunday analyzing the April 30 collapse of a stretch of East 26th Street after massive rainfall. The report noted that neither CSX nor city maintenance crews who responded to several resident complaints about the roadway before the disaster had the expertise to identify the surface issues as symptomatic of a larger failure of the street's subsurface.
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By Christy Kruhm and Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 11, 1997
A ONCE BARE, weathered retaining wall along Mount Airy's Main Street is getting a new look.Thanks to a local artist, Marie Cardany, and the Mount Airy Beautification Commission, the otherwise plain concrete wall is being transformed into a historical mural.Cardany spends her mornings sketching her mural design. She is blocking in large areas of color and will complete finishing touches, such as lettering, historical details and early-19th-century street signs, by the end of July.The retaining wall is adjacent to the old town hall at Park Avenue and South Main Street.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
City officials and representatives of CSX met Sunday with Charles Village residents displaced by last week's landslide, updating efforts aimed at getting them back into their homes. "I was very pleased with the mayor's presence today," said Mark Truelove, one of the residents of the first block of E. 26th Street displaced by the collapse of a 120-year-old retaining wall. He said he was less reassured by CSX officials, whom he said "had a few things to say about the specific problem they're dealing with here, rather than a long-term solution.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | October 7, 2004
Westminster will spend up to $385,000 to repair a retaining wall around City Park, a popular public space that is home to free concerts, outdoor movies, youth athletic leagues and camps. "It's the soul of the city," said Councilman Robert P. Wack. "It's the center of the community. We do so many things there." The city council unanimously approved the repair of the 300-foot-long wall surrounding the eastern part of City Park, in downtown Westminster between Longwell Avenue and Center Street.
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By Tim Carter | June 8, 2008
Can you tell me how to build a retaining wall? Are retaining wall blocks a good choice? What critical things do I need to know so that I don't have a collapse or other failure in the years to come? I have access to lots of large stones. Can I just stack them to make a retaining wall from stone? Retaining wall construction is an art that has been around for thousands of years. You can see these structures in just about any archaeological photo of ancient building sites. In almost all cases, the builders used stacked stone to build walls that still are in good shape today.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | February 10, 2004
PORT DEPOSIT - Engineers began forming plans for shoring up a century-old retaining wall on a hillside in this picturesque Susquehanna River town yesterday, and fears subsided that a collapse might endanger as many as 16 homes and Town Hall. Authorities said that they would monitor motion sensors during the night and that they had drawn up evacuation plans for some homes. But this old river port's Mayor Robert Flayhart expressed confidence last night in the repair plan and said there is little danger of a wall collapse.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | November 18, 1993
A crumbling concrete retaining wall is threatening the house where a 75-year-old woman has lived for nearly 50 years.Gladys Green is asking Sykesville to repair the wall before it falls into her Oklahoma Road home."
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | October 7, 2004
Westminster will spend up to $385,000 to repair a retaining wall around City Park, a popular public space that is home to free concerts, outdoor movies, youth athletic leagues and camps. "It's the soul of the city," said Councilman Robert P. Wack. "It's the center of the community. We do so many things there." The Common Council unanimously approved the repair of the 300-foot-long wall surrounding the eastern part of City Park, in downtown Westminster between Longwell Avenue and Center Street.
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By Karol V. Menzie & Randy Johnson | May 18, 1997
So, you've just built yourself a really great deck. You've got the deck chairs and the planter boxes and now well, you need something to look at while you're sitting there at your ease.How about following up with some raised planting beds (great drainage, easy to care for, easier on the back to weed and harvest) -- or maybe a terrace, or a retaining wall? These types of architectural structures give definition to the yard and can help with problem areas that are too dry, too wet or prone to erosion.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
Several steps away from the crumbling edge of East 26th Street in Charles Village, a construction worker slowly unrolled a long yellow measuring tape into a circular hole about the size of a sewer manhole lid. Foot after foot of the tape disappeared as he sought to learn the depth of the hole being bored straight down into the earth by a hulking orange drilling machine anchored not far from St. Paul Street. Another worker at the block-long construction site Tuesday said the hole is the first of many that will be cut into the street as part of a new design to keep East 26th Street and the earth beneath it from spilling down onto the railroad tracks, which run parallel to the street, as they did last week when a century-old retaining wall collapsed amid heavy rain.
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By Kevin Rector, Yvonne Wenger and Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2014
Forced to evacuate his rowhouse on East 26th Street after the street collapsed in a pile of dirt, asphalt and parked automobiles on the adjacent train tracks, Jack Temple said he's living in "limbo. " Temple and about 20 other Charles Village residents face up to 40 days away from their homes while city engineers assess imagery from ground-penetrating radar - a kind of ultrasound for the earth - to gauge the structural integrity of the street and the 19 homes that were evacuated.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2012
A 29-year-old Severna Park man was critically injured early Saturday when his Acura Integra ran off the road and hit a concrete retaining wall in Pasadena, police said. Thomas Owen Holt was traveling south on Catherine Avenue when his car veered off the left side of the road near Harlem Avenue around 1:50 a.m. for unknown reasons and struck the retaining wall, police said. Speed appears to be a contributing factor in the crash, according to police. When police arrived, Holt was resting outside the car with significant injuries.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2012
A section of Pratt Street in downtown Baltimore will be closed to traffic overnight Sunday as crews construct Baltimore Grand Prix retainer walls, the Department of Transportation said. The road will be closed between Paca and Howard streets starting at 7 p.m. Sunday and will be reopened at 5 a.m. Monday, the department said. Vehicles will be routed around the closed section, the department said. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes in the city. The Grand Prix is scheduled from Aug. 31 to Sept.
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By Tim Carter | June 8, 2008
Can you tell me how to build a retaining wall? Are retaining wall blocks a good choice? What critical things do I need to know so that I don't have a collapse or other failure in the years to come? I have access to lots of large stones. Can I just stack them to make a retaining wall from stone? Retaining wall construction is an art that has been around for thousands of years. You can see these structures in just about any archaeological photo of ancient building sites. In almost all cases, the builders used stacked stone to build walls that still are in good shape today.
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By Nia-Malika Henderson and Nia-Malika Henderson,sun reporter | October 25, 2006
A backhoe operator working near Annapolis Elementary School made a macabre discovery in the Colonial capital: a human skeleton in a small burial site that likely dates back to the 18th century. The construction crew was building a 120-foot-long retaining wall near the school on Green Street on Monday afternoon when the worker unearthed what appeared to be a human leg bone and other bone fragments. Police shut the site down and the medical examiner's office removed the remains, determining later that they were at least 50 years old. Anne Arundel County archaeologist Al Luckenbach said they're a lot older than that.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | February 9, 2004
A state of emergency has been called by town officials in Port Deposit after the appearance of bulges and fissures in a century-old retaining wall, whose failure could reduce a local road and 10 historically significant houses to rubble. "It's scary," said Donald N. Poist Sr., a Town Council member and former mayor. "I'm 72 years old and I don't ever remember us having a concern anything similar to this." Port Deposit, a Cecil County hamlet on the Susquehanna River, has been a victim of the river's floods.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | October 17, 2004
PORT DEPOSIT - Work on repairing a century-old, three-story retaining wall here that has been in danger of falling since early February is scheduled to begin tomorrow. "Finally, something is going to happen," Robert Flayhart, mayor of this picturesque Susquehanna River town, said Friday. "Thank God." "It's been a big strain on those people living on High Street," he said of residents along the narrow, dead-end road that climbs a rocky hill above and behind homes on Main Street. High Street is supported by the retaining wall.
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By RICHARD IRWIN and RICHARD IRWIN,SUN REPORTER | March 15, 2006
A motorcyclist who died Sunday after a collision and falling more than 100 feet into the Potomac River in Charles County was named by authorities yesterday as Lennie King, 54, of Easton. King was operating a 2006 Harley-Davidson north from the Virginia border on the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge about 1:40 p.m. when he entered the southbound lanes, sideswiped a Lincoln automobile and began to fish-tail, said Cpl. Pamela Thorne, spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.
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