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Case Studies August 07, 2014

A Cobblestone texture was required for retaining walls in the parking lot and the emergency entrance; the former was 9 ft high and the latter was 15 ft high.

When the Maine General Hospital started construction on the Alfond Center for Health, they had some unique challenges to face.   The hilly site required 23,000 sq ft of retaining walls to create level areas for buildings and roads. “There was 50 ft of grade difference across the site. This required...
Article June 10, 2011
Mechanically stabilized earth walls, or MSE walls, are commonly used to stabilize backfill around bridges or for retaining walls along freeways. In the last 15 years, UDOT’s use of MSE walls has become routine where retaining walls are required.   UDOT has a database of over 700 MSE walls in use...
Article May 17, 2002
MKK Constructors faced the usual pressures when entering a design-build project in Colorado—time and money. Frustration could have set in, but the prime contractor wasn’t banging his head against the walls. In fact, the retaining wall system used provided peace of mind. The E-470 toll road in...
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On Oct. 29, 2012, the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy hit Long Island with a vengeance causing major beach erosion along the island’s south and north shores. One of the regions that received a great amount of damage was the Bayville–Oyster Bay area. West Shore Road, which is the main route between...
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When a bad storm caused a cemetery’s steep slope to erode into the nearby road, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet needed a solution to prevent further erosion of this sensitive area.   “In May of 2010, we had a flood that caused the land to slide a bit. We had debris in the roadway and it looked...
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In 2010, the Mississippi Department of Transportation made plans to widen existing bridges and shoulders on I-59 in Laurel, Miss.   The challenge? “We had a limited amount of right-of-way and we didn’t have time to go buy more. Really what we were trying to do was find a way to limit our footprint...
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When the city of Lacey, Wash., set out to rebuild a 6,000 ft section of Carpenter Road, the main goal was to convert the two-lane arterial road to a four- to five-lane arterial.   “The challenge was that the road went through a commercial and residential area so we were really tight on right-of-way...
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In a project commissioned by the Gold Coast City Council and supervised by leading Australian manufacturer and installer of soil stabilization and retaining systems, Concrib, several retaining walls were built at different locations around a road upgrade site recently.   According to Concrib...
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The “before” photos of this project are not a pretty sight. A river running below this Washington road had undermined the base of the slope, while runoff had heavily eroded an extremely steep hillside above the road. “Between the hydraulics created by the hill on the back side and the river...
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