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Comes tumbling down at Parkville
Major retaining wall
collapses after rain

by Alan McArthur
Landmark reporter

A newly constructed retaining wall in Parkville collapsed after heavy rains over the weekend.

The wall along Brink-Myers Road was constructed in September 2008 by Miles Excavating. The road is located southeast of the intersection of Highway 45 and Interstate 435 in
Parkville. The wall is near the new Stonegate subdivision.

Between 4 and 5 a.m. Monday morning, a section of the stone wall between 125 and 150 feet long along Brink-Myers collapsed onto the roadway below. The collapse did not damage any private property and no one was injured.

According to information provided by the City of Parkville, city staff is meeting with Miles Excavating to determine the cause of the collapse.

The cleanup of the area will begin as soon as the cause is determined.

According to Dan Koch, public works director, the cause of the collapse is being investigated and there is no time estimate when the cause will be determined.

Koch also said the project was changed before construction from a soil-nailed wall to a block wall.

The city annexed the adjoining property in 2000, but did not annex the roadway because the roadway was deteriorated. The city later annexed the roadway after the county made improvements to the road.

A Neighborhood Improvement District (NID) was set up to help finance some later improvements to the roadway which included a realignment of the curve and the construction of the retaining wall.

Parkville has a special meeting scheduled to discuss changes to the original agreement for the NID on Wednesday, April 29 at 6 p.m.

Calls seeking comment from Shannon Thompson, city administrator, and Sean Ackerson, assistant city administrator, were not returned by deadline.



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