Carolina Sunrock constructed a new primary crusher and needed a 51 foot tall retaining wall to create the grade separation. They went with a Redi-Rock faced wall, and were in the unique position to buy the forms and cast the blocks themselves since they operate a redi-mix plant. The reinforced zone extends 57 feet behind the wall because of the heavy surcharge loads from the haul trucks. Read more about the case study at the link below.
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Geotechnical engineers who encounter MSE retaining walls or Mechanically Stabilzed Earth Walls are undoubtedly familiar with the FHWA NHI manual on “Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls and Reinforced Soil Slopes”. This manual, along with the NCMA manual that is used for non-transportation projects, is virtually the bible for MSE wall design. In late summer/early fall of 2009, a revised version of this manual will hit the streets. Read on for more details.
Side-hill retaining walls refer primarily to fill-walls built partway down the sides of an existing slope or embankment. They are encountered in roadway and rail widening projects as well as site development but usually in steep terrain. This article provides an overview of the problems, failure mechanisms, investigation approaches, analysis tools and wall type alternatives for these structures. Click through to read the article!