The Alton City Council has passed an ordinance that will order the repair of the retaining wall on Alton’s Riverview Drive. The three-part ordinance was passed under the suspension of the rules, and calls for the emergency repair of the area, for Sheppard Morgan and Schwaab to work up a plan for permanent repairs, and then to solicit bids for the project.

The wall began to break away over the weekend and a significant portion of it gave way on Monday, partially sliding down the bluff. Justin Kleinschmidt, Civil Engineer with SMS Engineering tells The Big Z there does not appear to be a threat to neighboring homes, and Riverview Park will still be accessible.

As for the rest of the wall coming down, he believes everything that would fall has fallen, and stabilizing material has been sprayed on the area as a precaution. Now they will work on a permanent solution that could include a loss of lane width or turning Riverview Drive into a pedestrian trail.

Click here for Kleinschmidt's commentsClick here for Kleinschmidt's comments

(Copyright WBGZ Radio /