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Partial Building Collapse Closes North Lynn Street

A partial building collapse at a construction site at the intersection of North Lynn Street and 19th Street closes North Lynn Street between Wilson Boulevard and Lee Highway in Arlington.

By editors  |  December 8, 2006; 9:25 AM ET
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Doesn't surprise me that there would be some kind of accident there. I've passed that construction site many times and it's not kept very clean. It's at an extremely busy intersection and there's no clear signage on how to merge lanes, the fence along the roadway is uneven, and there is construction material on the road. Anyone else notice this?

Posted by: Arrrlington | December 8, 2006 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I agree. I work in Rosslyn and it's always seemed like a hazard to me. One night, going down Lynn to get to 66 there was a hole about a foot deep and the street width - nothing covering it and nothing to warn drivers it was there. This work site hasn't received good oversight.

Posted by: worker in Rosslyn | December 8, 2006 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I work in the building on N. Kent Street right across from the building they are working on. I am also not shocked by this. The construction site has meandered out into the street over the last year. It's a very haphazardly done site. They took over the formerly green pedestrian island between 19th Street and N. Kent Street and started dumping stuff from their site there. I have watched them use their crane to load stuff from the island. Where are the hardhats for the pedestrians since they turned the crosswalk and island into a construction site? I have noted multiple times where they've parked heavy equipment in front of the fire hydrant that is on the aforementioned pedestrian island blocking access to the hydrant for hours on end. I also have my doubts about the legality of many members crew working at the site. There appear to be several hundred hispanic workers there and every time I am in the same store or restaurant with them, they do not appear to speak English. ICE needs to go in and audit Clark construction and match up the workers with the SSNs they are using. If at least half the workers did not turn out to be illegal aliens I would be shocked.

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