Sidewalk cordoned off after wall collapse in South Jax

By Gary Scott on January 27, 2016 at 12:44pm

A section of sidewalk on South Main Street in South Jacksonville is closed off after a retaining wall collapsed on Tuesday.

It happened in the 1600 block of South Main at around 5:30 p.m., according to reports.

According to South Jacksonville Water Superintendent John Green, the wall was put in about 25 years ago during the South Main Street widening project. The wall was put in to help maintain elevation of front yards and homes.

Police Chief Josh Hallock says a 20-foot section of the two-foot-high wall collapsed in front of an apartment complex on the west side of South Main.

Hallock says no one was walking on the sidewalk at the time, and the collapse was not a sudden event.

Officials believe the collapse was caused by a combination of time and weather.

A barricade has been placed around the collapsed wall.

It’s not clear on whose responsibility it will be to handle the mess, but Green says the wall is on the right-away of the Illinois Department of Transportation, and that the village is not responsible for the cleanup.