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Report: Shoddy restoration work discovered at hundreds of small cell tower sites throughout Baltimore

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Posted at 12:14 PM, Apr 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-06 15:38:42-04

BALTIMORE — A new Inspector General's report found that a subcontractor did some shoddy concrete restoration work while installing hundreds of small cell tower sites throughout the City.

Instead of following city code, and using at least five-inches of concrete from a mixing truck, the subcontractor allegedly used bagged concrete and water to look as though it had just been poured.

The subcontractor in question was responsible for 484 cell tower light poles, and making sure the sidewalks around them that became damaged during construction were repaired.

Normally, Baltimore City's Department of Transportation would conduct on-site inspections while work was being completed. But during COVID-19, the agency accepted pictures of the jobs that were supposedly being done from the contractors.

The investigative report indicates that 450 of the sites this subcontractor worked on were left not up to city code.

As result, the City fined them $447,000.

The complaint also accused the subcontractor of paying off inspectors to overlook the problems with restorations, however both the Inspector General and City could not verify those allegations.