Thursday, January 12, 2017

A 20-foot section of a brick retaining wall came down in the Bronx, along the Cross Bronx Expressway

Retaining wall collapse stalls traffic on Cross Bronx, Major Deegan

Jim Dolan has the latest details.

Eyewitness News
Updated 28 mins ago
HIGHBRIDGE, Bronx (WABC) -- Workers are securing a wall along the Cross Bronx Expressway, following a partial collapse on Thursday.

A 20-foot section of the brick retaining wall came down in the Bronx, stalling traffic on two major highways and impacting the evening commute.

The incident happened around 1:20 p.m. on the ramp from the Cross Bronx Expressway to the Major Deegan Expressway in the High Bridge section.

The westbound exit ramp had to be closed so that crews could clean up the scene.

No injuries were reported, but traffic was backed up for miles.

Firefighters took down pieces of brick that may have been in danger of collapsing.

The Office of Emergency Management said the New York City Department of Transportation was awaiting the New York State DOT, who will be handling demolition of the remaining facade after the Bridges Division determined it must be taken down.

There are no concerns regarding the interior wall infrastructure. There is no ETA on when repairs will be complete or when the ramp will reopen.