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Retaining Wall Near Fallston McDonald's Collapses

No one was injured when the wall near the McDonald's at Maryland Route 1 and Maryland Route 152 collapsed.

Instead of seeing a brick wall, those driving along Maryland Route 1 past the recently built instead saw an eroded mound of dirt on Thursday.

No one was injured when the retaining wall located along Maryland Route 1 collapsed. An employee of Ivy Hill Land Services said the damage was caused by water that seeped behind the wall.

This article contains incorrect information. The wall was diasassembled intentionally, see updated story.

Karl Schuub November 17, 2011 at 06:20 PM
We drove by that elevated corner of the lot last weekend - had never realized how high they had that stacked...remarked that it was an accident waiting to happen. How can you authorize a 25 foot tall retaining wall? Water and mud running down hill create an amazing force; can't imagine what engineer thought that was safe.
terri November 17, 2011 at 06:24 PM
Karl, have you seen the wall at the Wegman's in Abingdon? Its bigger.
j johnson (formerly jj) November 17, 2011 at 07:29 PM
Or the wall behind Aberdeen Home Depot. It has had a sag in it for years.
Karl Schuub November 17, 2011 at 08:18 PM
Did they really have to build Mt. McDonalds right there. I understand why a level lot is more advantageous, but seriously if the slope is that severe piling up all the dirt to one side and building a freakily enormous wall is just silly. It ain't a matter of if but when at that point...
MJ November 17, 2011 at 09:22 PM
Any retainer wall over 5 feet has to be sealed by an engineer . Someone messed up...
elPrez November 17, 2011 at 09:53 PM
OR what really happened is the wall started to look bad due to all the rain so contractors took the wall down block by block so it could be repaired. It didn't collapse.
Kars, Inc. November 17, 2011 at 10:13 PM
This is poor reporting. The wall was taken down 1 block at a time. There was no collapse.
Marylee Archer November 17, 2011 at 10:39 PM
They build walls bigger than that. They key is drainage!
BK November 17, 2011 at 10:50 PM
There was no collapse!!!!
Karl Schuub November 17, 2011 at 10:53 PM
Started to look bad due to all the rain? Are you suggesting it started looking muddy so they decided to start over. Me thinks something started looking scary; not so much "bad".
helpussomeone November 18, 2011 at 12:12 AM
Who built the wall? I want to make sure I don't call them! : - /
Heather Gagnon November 18, 2011 at 12:45 AM
You need to get the facts BEFORE you report on something. The wall did NOT collapse.
Eric bel air November 18, 2011 at 12:55 AM
For a collapsed wall the blocks are sure neatly arranged lol
j johnson (formerly jj) November 18, 2011 at 01:31 AM
If there is poor drainage or seepage behind a wall of this size it will collapsedue to pressure or when the winter freeze pushes it out
Take Responsibility! November 18, 2011 at 11:47 AM
What collapse?
Jon Parfrey November 18, 2011 at 02:23 PM
Karl, If you look at the retaining wall for the Walmart in White Marsh, it is three stories high. Retaining walls are engineered for lateral pressures and they are deminished by the use of geogrid material during backfill (the mesh looking pvc fabric you see in the picture) And from my understanding, the walls did not colapse, it was dismantled to rebuild...
Fed up November 18, 2011 at 03:25 PM
I must say this new editor needs to at the very least get the story correct. This is unacceptable to make this crap up
Nick November 18, 2011 at 03:52 PM
She barely writes any stories at all, and when she does they are fraught with inaccuracies.
DeDe November 19, 2011 at 06:05 PM
Brad?? Where are you?? Come back!!
Fed up November 19, 2011 at 07:13 PM
Should we change the name to the Bel Air Enquirer
SMA parent November 19, 2011 at 09:26 PM
I think an apology is needed for the owners of Ivy Hill, and a retraction made of this article.
Karl Schuub November 19, 2011 at 11:37 PM
In defense of our new editor...it's clear our neighborhood "blog" is full of agendas in one direction or another. Collapse can mean the wall began to bulge requiring immediate destruct vs. the entire wall falling in. Even if the wall bulged and somebody hurriedly took it apart it shouldn't detract completely from the overarching idea here that somebody screwed up big time. We ought to at least consider the idea that a 25 ft. retaining wall built to render a lot level is out of kilter to the lot next door. Jeez...we went from a corn field to a McDonalds in a year and frankly I don't consider that an improvement...it would do my heart good to watch the Mickey D's wash on down the road.
Take Responsibility! November 20, 2011 at 02:09 PM
LOL disassembled does not equal collapsed...
Nick November 20, 2011 at 04:17 PM
Somebody might not have "screwed up big time". Looks to me like they had to disassemble enough of the wall to access the drain lines sticking out. If one of those lines where clogged and couldn't be flushed or collapsed due to a number of causes, it would have to be accessed. Sometimes these things happen when doing new construction. Not all problems are foreseeable.
Kirsten Dize November 21, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Thanks everyone for the info, the president of the company confirmed it was not a collapse and was disassembled intentionally. Check out the update http://patch.com/A-nSyF

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