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Ensuring Compliance: Inspecting Retaining Walls Facing Public Right-of-Way

June 7th 2024, at 10:00am by WRG Engineering P.C

Owners of properties with a retaining wall that faces a public right-of-way and has any portion of the wall extending ten feet or higher must have their retaining wall inspected every five years by a Qualified Retaining Wall Inspector (QRWI) and a condition assessment report of the inspection must be submitted to the Department by the QRWI within 60 days of completing the inspection.

Retaining Wall Inspection Requirement:

Owners of properties with retaining walls facing a public right-of-way and having any portion of the wall extending ten feet or higher must adhere to the following:

  1. Inspection Frequency: The retaining wall must be inspected every five years.

  2. Inspector Qualification: Inspections must be conducted by a Qualified Retaining Wall Inspector (QRWI).

  3. Report Submission: A condition assessment report must be submitted to the Department by the QRWI within 60 days of completing the inspection.

Inspection Services by WRG Engineering P.C:

WRG Engineering P.C is a certified QRWI Inspector, qualified to conduct condition assessment reports for retaining walls. The building department of New York qualifies WRG Engineering P.C to perform inspections of retaining walls at least 10 feet high and faces a public right-of-way, such as a sidewalk or entrance and all other types of retaining walls. Our group of engineers have the experience, required knowledge and the latest technological tools to analyze, design, and repair these types of structural retaining walls.

At WRG Engineering P.C, we understand the importance of maintaining the structural integrity of retaining walls, especially those in high-traffic areas where public safety is of the utmost importance. Our step-by-step inspection process includes:

  1. Detailed Visual Inspection: A thorough visual inspection will be conducted to identify any signs of cracking, bulging, and more.

  2. Structural Analysis: Using advanced tools and software, we perform detailed structural analysis to assess the current condition and stability of the wall.

  3. Repair and Maintenance Recommendations: Based on our findings, we provide a detailed report with recommendations for repairs, maintenance, or monitoring to ensure the safety of the retaining wall.

The Importance of Regular Inspections:

Regular inspections of retaining walls are significant for several reasons:

  1. Safety: Making sure that retaining walls are structurally sound prevents accidents and injuries that could occur from wall failures.

  2. Longevity: Regular maintenance and timely repairs extend the lifespan of retaining walls, protecting your investment.

  3. Compliance: Following inspection regulations avoids legal issues and potential fines, ensuring your property complies with local laws.


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