Temporary Repairs of Baltimore’s East 26th Street to Be Completed Ahead of Schedule.
Baltimore, MD – Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP along with the various City Departments and other contractors, specifically Hayward Baker and Concrete General Inc., will be finishing the first phase of temporary repairs for Baltimore’s collapsed East 26th Street ahead of schedule. WRA staff has been providing onsite support 12 hours a day, 7 days a week to complete the repairs as quickly as possible. On Sunday, June 1st, 31 days following the collapse, city officials announced that the residents who had been evacuated when the street collapsed would be allowed to return to their homes later in the week as BGE crews completed the gas service connections.
The final gas main was being installed by Monday, June 2. Baltimore Gas and Electric Company has begun contacting residents to schedule appointments for connecting and testing the gas lines in their homes. Sewer and temporary water lines have already been installed, and all utilities should be up and running by Wednesday June 4th. Residents will be allowed to go home starting Thursday, a full week ahead of schedule, and the city expects all residents to be back in their homes by Saturday, two days ahead of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s 40-day timeline.
This return of the residents to their homes marks the end of the emergency phase of the City’s response, and begins the transition to the long term construction phase for permanent restoration of the retaining wall and street.