State considers repairs for deteriorating 1880s retaining wall

The State Highway Administration is evaluating options to fix or replace a deteriorating retaining wall along a main Catonsville thoroughfare.

The wall, which peaks at 7-feet high and runs about 570 feet along westbound Frederick Road between Dungarrie and Dunmore roads, just east of Interstate 695 near Paradise, was built in the 1880s and has reached a point where it's starting to bulge because of roots from nearby trees, said Shanteé Felix, a spokeswoman for the SHA.


The state is considering whether to build a new wall, remove the wall or rehabilitate bulging sections, Felix said.

"The trees are growing and knocking part of the wall down," said Joe Palozzi, president of the Paradise Community Association. "If the trees keep on falling down they're going to fall across Frederick Road."


No cost estimates are available for any of the options, but a minimum of $25,000 would be spent, Felix said.

If funding is approved for the project, construction could start as soon as spring 2019, Felix said.

The wall is not eligible for a historic designation, Felix said.

Feilx said the wall is not a safety issue and does not put anyone at risk.

The state plans community meetings to get input and is expected to send a representative to the Paradise association's July 17 meeting.