A debris-laden landslide has closed SR 706, the popular road from Ashford, Washington to Mt. Ranier National Park. The road was first closed on February 6 as portions of the highway were covered with debris up to 6 feet thick, even re-routing streams over portions of the highway. The road will remain closed indefinitely because geotechnical engineers are concerned about the stability of the saturated slopes above the highway and about what to do with the new waterways flowing over the highway. More info can be found on the WSDOT blog.
Some juicy geoengineering news items in this post. I could turn just about all of them into a separate blog post if I had time, maybe I still will for some of them. Don’t miss this list! All of the links are active when you view it on the site. If you’re looking at this in your RSS feed reader or on your daily email, you won’t see the actual links, sorry.
- San Diego settles landslide suits for $284,000 – San Jose Mercury News
- Slip On Weak Layer – GEO-SLOPE International Ltd.
An example analysis using SLOPE/W software.
- UK’s first commercial scale geothermal power plant set to start construction in October – Ground Engineering (GE) Magazine
- Some reflections on the Eyjafjallajoekull ash cloud – Dave’s Landslide Blog
As usual, Dr. Dave has some great insights into this geologic hazard that is currently dominating the news.
- Port of Miami tunnel project on track for June start – MiamiHerald.com via ASCE SmartBrief
- Louisiana receives $81.5 million in new federal aid for repair of roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Katrina – NOLA.com
- New imagery from the Qinghai earthquake | Google Earth Blog
- Geogrids remedy poor site soils at World Cup stadium in South Africa – Geosynthetics Magazine
- Geo-Engineering Reconnaissance of the February 27, 2010 Maule, Chile Earthquake, Version 1: April 15, 2010 – Geoengineer.org Press Center
The GEER is an NSF-funded group that was created to collect perishable data in the wake of extreme events (e.g., earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, landslides, or floods) in the interests of learning from the events to advance the state of geoengineering practice. This report on the earthquake was produced by over 40 lead authors and contributing authors from universities and consulting companies around the world.
- A Decade of Safety Success, March/April 2010 Public Roads
…And 13 more! […]
Nearly 100 villagers living upstream from the Three Gorges dam have been forced to leave their homes under threat of a landslide, which officials fear was disturbed during the filling of the dam’s reservoir last year, Xinhua News Agency reported last week. Read on for more info. (Photo by enkai)