Construction begins on collapsed wall

PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WTAP) - A retaining wall in neighborhood of Smithfield and Hillcrest in Parkersburg collapsed back in February. The city of Parkersburg is now repairing the wall.

The 100 year old structure collapsed during bad weather earlier this year.

The city of Parkersburg bought the property and then spent several months trying to find someone to rebuild the wall.

"It’s just going to be a slanted wall, an angled wall and it will just come out more on Smithfield than it previously did, before it was just smack up against the hillside," said Mayor Joyce.

Carol St. Peter is an area resident who remembers when the wall fell.

"I just heard a swoosh and I didn’t think anything of it and I went and got my newspaper and I looked out and said, 'oh the wall fell," said St. Peter.

St. Peter says she had asked city officials to look at the wall several times before it fell and she is just happy to see work finally being done.

"It was the city's responsibility; essentially the street is our responsibility while it was not a street per se. The city owns all that property up to the property you see up on the hill, so we had no choice," said Mayor Joyce.

Construction workers say, if the weather permits, the wall will be complete by the end of next week.

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