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OFFICE OF RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND TECHNOLOGY AT THE TURNER-FAIRBANK HIGHWAY RESEARCH CENTER

Condition Assessment of a Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Wall

Project Information

Project ID:
FHWA-PROJ-12-0103
Project Abstract:

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is currently undergoing construction of the Hot Lanes project, and as part of the realignment between Interstates 495N and 66W, an existing mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining wall bridge ramp was demolished in July 2012. The MSE wall, built with galvanized steel bar mat reinforcement connected to a concrete panel facing, was constructed in 1976. The age of the wall makes this a good candidate for assessment and drawing conclusions to similar walls in similar environments.

Goals 

The main objective of this forensic examination is to investigate the condition of steel bar mat reinforcements as a function of wall location and backfill quality for a mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall bridge ramp.

Research HUB ID:
7586
Project Status:
Completed
Project Funding Amount (Contract Award Amount):
$0.00
Start Date:
End Date:
Public Access Plan:
No
Laboratory:
  • Coatings and Corrosion Laboratory
  • Geotechnical Laboratory
FHWA Program Area:
  • Infrastructure
FHWA AMRP Program:
  • Geotechnical and Hydraulics

Contact Information

Team:
Bridge Engineering Team
Office:
Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Office Code:
HRDI-40

Management Organizations

Sponsor Organization

Organization Role:
Sponsor Organization
Organization:
Federal Highway Administration: Office of Research, Development, and Technology - Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Contact Role:
Project Lead

Managing Organization

Organization Role:
Project Managing Organization
Organization:
Federal Highway Administration: Office of Research, Development, and Technology - Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Contact Role:
Project Contact

Performing Organization

Organization Role:
Performing Organization
Organization:
Federal Highway Administration: Office of Research, Development, and Technology - Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Contact Role:
Project Contact