Unstable Retaining Wall Poses No Risk To Drivers, City Officials

Unstable Retaining Wall Poses No Risk To Drivers, City Officials Say

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Watertown city officials say there's no safety risk to motorists or their vehicles from a weak, unstable concrete wall between Black River Parkway and Newell Street.

Due to the large amount of rain that fell in October, a portion of the concrete wall broke down near the Guilfoyle Ambulance building.

Public works crews plan to take down that section and replace it over the next few months.

"It's not really an emergency situation, but something we're keeping an eye on," city engineer Justin Wood said. "If we notice any further shifting of either the embankment or some of the concrete, we may need to take quicker action."

When crews begin working on the wall, they do plan to block off some of the parking lot by Guilfoyle.

They advise people to not walk alongside the wall.

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