Kentlands Retaining Wall Update
“Quince Orchard Road was opened Friday afternoon after the contractor provided Jersey barriers along the edge of the roadway at Maryland State Highway’s request,” said Wes Burnette, Gaithersburg’s permits and inspections division chief. “Additionally, the city of Gaithersburg closed off the sidewalk at the nearest crosswalks so as to prevent pedestrians from having to traverse into Quince Orchard Road at the wall failure once the road was opened back up.”
According to Burnette, two contractors for the Kentlands Citizens Assembly (KCA) have added diversion berms, underground roof drains, plastic, and an earthen berm in an effort to prevent the subgrade behind the wall from becoming saturated during rainy weather like today.
“Additionally, the sidewalk closure, placement of Jersey barriers, and addition of a safety fence above the wall were added to prevent danger to the public should the existing fence, blocks, or soil fail further,” said Burnette in an email. “The KCA has a structural engineer and a geotechnical engineer finalizing an immediate design to stabilize and rebuild the portion of wall that failed, with an eye on a longer term analysis of the entire wall. The city of Gaithersburg is awaiting submittal of the proposed repair design from the KCA.”
According to Burnette, the contractor has also tightened the plastic against the wall to prevent the wind from getting underneath.
“The plastic was originally out from the wall a lot further at an angle which somewhat disguised how much the fence was drooping over the wall. Now that the plastic has been placed closer to the wall, the fence looks further away from the wall,” said Burnette, who noted that another safety fence was recently placed this area to keep passersby away from the top of the wall in this area.
Two Kentlands homeowners were asked to relocate while the work on the retaining wall is underway adjacent to their residences. The homeowners were told they can expect to move back into their homes in about six weeks.
ORIGINAL POST UPDATED 7.24.15 The Kentlands Citizens Assembly (KCA) is requesting $900,000 from the city of Gaithersburg to fix a retaining wall that runs along Quince Orchard Road. A section of the wall partially collapsed over a year ago. The KCA’s request was transmitted in a letter dated July 9th to the Mayor and Council and […]
Five days after a portion of Quince Orchard Road was closed following the collapse of a retaining wall in Kentlands, the stretch of road reopened on April 4 in Gaithersburg. “Quince Orchard Road was opened Friday afternoon after the contractor provided Jersey barriers along the edge of the roadway at Maryland State Highway’s request,” said […]
In this MyMCMedia extra video, Gaithersburg City Manager Tony Tomasello says the evacuation of two Kentlands homes near a collapsed retaining wall is “an abundance of caution.” Find out more in this video extra: A portion of the retaining wall collapsed on March30 at Ridgepoint Place and Quince Orchard Road. The road below the wall […]
In this MyMCMedia extra video, Gaithersburg City Manager Tony Tomasello explains the importance of a retaining wall at the site of a collapsed wall in the Kentlands community. Take a look: A portion of the Kentlands retaining wall collapsed on March 30. The adjacent roadway was closed following the collapse and several homeowners were evacauted […]
In this MyMCMedia extra video, Gaithersburg City Manager Tony Tomasello said there has been a lot of interest from the media about the collapse of a retaining wall in Kentlands on March 30. He says residents want to know what kind of resolution will occur and when the road below it will reopen. Take a […]
In this MyMCMedia extra video, Gaithersburg City Manager Tony Tomasello tells us what is happening at the site of the Kentlands retaining wall collapse that occurred on March 30 at Ridgepoint Place and Quince Orchard Road. He also reports that a closed portion of Quince Orchard Road will not reopen until the wall is stabilized. […]
In this MyMCMedia extra, Gaithersburg City Manager Tony Tomasello says that officials believe the collapse of a Kentlands retaining wall on March 30 at Ridgepoint Place and Quince Orchard Road was weather-related. Take a look: Several residents were evacuated as a precaution because of the wall collapse. A stretch of Quince Orchard Road remains closed […]
In this MyMCMedia extra, Gaithersburg City Manager Tony Tomasello gives us an update on the retaining wall that collapsed along Quince Orchard Road at Ridgepoint Place on March 30. As you heard several people were evacuated from their homes as a precaution and a portion of Quince Orchard Road remains closed for safety reasons. […]
UPDATED Montgomery County fire rescue units are on the scene of a partial retaining wall collapse in Gaithersburg along Quince Orchard Road and Ridgepoint Place in the Kentlands community. Public Information Officer Pete Piringer of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service says two homes along Ridgepoint Place are being evacuated as a precaution and […]