Colorado DOT culvert rehabilitation implements spray-applied lining

July 27, 2017
Corroded culvert
A section of the corroded culvert

In January 2016, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) placed a project for public bid which included repair of several large-diameter highway culverts and a single box culvert. CDOT had specified a spray-applied culvert lining under a special revision to Section 603 of their standard specifications. To bid, contractors were required to be prequalified with significant lining experience, and all products were required to be listed on the CDOT approved products list.

The project was awarded to Inland Pipe Rehab LLC (IPR) as the low bidder. IPR had submitted qualification on over 50,000 linear ft of large diameter pipe lining with Milliken’s GeoSpray geopolymer mortar. The project consisted of seven individual pipes spread across Jefferson, Dougal and Arapahoe counties. The full project consisted of:

  • 1100 linear ft of 48-in. CMP;
  • 252 linear ft of 50-in. CMP;
  • 900 linear ft of 60-in. CMP; and
  • 124 linear ft of 6 ft x 7 ft concrete box culvert.

Stamped engineering designs for the project specified a range of application thicknesses between 1 in. and 1.5 in., depending on pipe diameter, of GeoSpray material to provide either a fully structural design for the CMP culverts, or a structural enhancement for the box culvert, which would return the pipes to as new condition. The project took approximately 6 weeks to complete, and CDOT is currently bidding several additional lining projects with spray-applied liners.

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