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Structural concerns close E. 26th Street in Charles Village

Posted at 11:32 AM, Nov 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-26 17:35:41-05

A section of E. 26th Street in Charles Village has been closed due to structural concerns, the Baltimore City Department of Transportation and the Baltimore Police confirmed Monday.

Between Calvert Street and Guilford Street "engineers are looking into the structure at the moment," the DOT said. They are currently calling the incident a "sinkhole." 

“The Baltimore City Department of Transportation is working closely with the Department of Public Works and CSX Transportation to assess the structural integrity of a retaining wall that abuts CSX property along 26th Street near Calvert Street," the DOT said in a statement issued at noon.

After assessing the damages, officials say crews will begin removing the sidewalk and dismantling the retaining wall. They also plan to develop a new wall while CSX resumes operations on the rail.

Inspectors will be on site 24 hours a day to monitor conditions in the area.

The DOT said cars have been moved from the area to the 2600 block of Calvert Street. The sidewalk on the south side of the street is closed. Train traffic on the tracks below 26th Street has been stopped until further notice.

The location is roughly two blocks east from where 26th Street collapsed in 2014, damaging several cars and requiring millions of dollars in repairs