Residents concerned about retaining wall slip


Residents on Lincoln Avenue in Benwood say they are concerned about a retaining wall that has been slowly slipping.

They say the retaining wall has been a concern of theirs for a long time but that the problem got a lot worse after a recent waterline break. 

Alex Caldwell lives on Lincoln Avenue.

He says in the last few weeks, this retaining wall has moved further and faster than ever before. 

He worries that it could give way at any time.

“If and when this goes, there’s a playground below us, so it’s unsafe for any of the children. There are three families that live up here. My family, my neighbors, we all have kids. This is our only entrance and exit for up here, so should the hill go, we have no way to get to and from our house,” said Caldwell. 

A few weeks ago, there was a water line break, and Caldwell says the leak significantly worsened the slip. 

The City fixed the leak, but Caldwell says it looks like it is leaking again and still flowing to the retaining wall. 

Public Safety Director and Police Chief Frank Longwell says the city’s public works director checked it out Tuesday and thinks excessive rainfall is actually the culprit. 

“He doesn’t think that there’s a second break, but we can check that real easily and see if there’s any chlorine in the water and that will determine wether it’s ground water or city water,” said Longwell. 

Caldwell says he can deal with a waterline break, but he feels like his concerns about the retaining wall are not being heard. 

“We have mentioned it to them last year and the year prior, and they said they’d keep an eye on it. That’s been the gist of it. There have been no promises, no plans,” said Caldwell.

Longwell says the city is currently working on another million dollar slip repair but plans to address the slip on Lincoln Avenue in the near future. 

“When it dries up here in the summer, in the next month or so, it looks like we’ll be putting a new retaining wall in and doing some service paving,” said Longwell. 

In the meantime, Longwell says the city will use gravel to stabilize the road. 

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