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Baltimore Road Collapse To Cost $18.5M Or More To Repair

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Cars parked along 26th Street between Charles Street and St. Paul Street collapsed onto CSX rail tracks. (Photo credit: Stacey Mink)

Cars parked along 26th Street between Charles Street and St. Paul Street collapsed onto CSX rail tracks. (Photo credit: Stacey Mink)

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BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Department of Transportation estimates it will cost $18.5 million to repair a street collapse.

The landslide followed an April 30 storm that delivered roughly five inches of rain. It swallowed eight cars, trees, a street lamp and a large swath of sidewalk, and buried the railroad tracks below in debris.

The department said Tuesday it has received approval for an $18.5 million allotment from the city’s finance department to go toward installing a temporary retaining wall, constructing a permanent wall and engineering costs. The original wall that collapsed was owned by freight company CSX Corp.

Before and after photos of  East 26th Street between North Charles and North St. Paul in Baltimore. The road collapsed after heavy rain hit the area on April 30, 2014. (Top photo by Google Street View, bottom photo by WNEW reporter Kevin Rincon)

Before and after photos of East 26th Street between North Charles and North St. Paul in Baltimore. The road collapsed after heavy rain hit the area on April 30, 2014. (Top photo by Google Street View, bottom photo by WNEW reporter Kevin Rincon)

Residents living along the stretch of 26th Street that collapsed have been temporarily relocated, though officials say they anticipated residents will be able to return home around June 15.

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