A shoring retaining wall at a Rome construction site failed at around 5:30 pm local time on February 14, 2018, and swallowed 6 parked cars from the adjacent street and required evacuation of some 20 families. The incident occurred in the Italian capital’s Baldunia neighborhood, between via Livio Andronico and via Lattanzio. There are no details yet on what caused the collapse. But an ABC news article mentions that the failure occurred in the same area where a sinkhole formed in late January “after reports of a significant water leak” making water a likely culprit. Monitoring of the remaining excavation has been undertaken and the local prosecutor is opening up an investigation into the incident.
On Sunday evening, a soldier pile lagging wall shoring system failed at the Sedona & Slate residential development construction site in Rosslyn, Virginia (Arlington County). There were no reported injuries, but an adjacent apartment building was evacuated as a precaution and a nearby street is closed to traffic. Click through for a video that shows some additional views of the damage. The scale of the wall is apparent when you see the shots with workers putting braces near the bottom of the wall. I’m guessing the rakers shown in this image were added monday to attempt to stabilize the wall, but that’s just speculation at this point. Image: MyFoxDC.com