Saturday, June 9, 2012
City repairing retaining walls
Retaining walls are critical for keeping roadways safe and now, as part of a major rehabilitation plan, the city is working to reconstruct hundreds of them across the five boroughs.
The Department of Design and Construction is currently working on two retaining walls in the Bronx in dire need of repair -- Bailey Place in Kingsbridge and Palisade Avenue in South Riverdale.
Twenty other walls are currently in the design phase.
The city began inspecting and monitoring roughly 650 walls across the five boroughs after a privately-owned one on the Henry Hudson Parkway collapsed back in 2005.
"It just shows you what's happened, what will happen, and what can happen if you neglect the maintenance of these things," said DDC Commissioner David Burney.
Officials say the plan will improve safety and preserve neighborhood streetscapes.