RETAINING WALL NO. 10 FOR MOUNTAIN ROAD TO JABEL JAIS.

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Reinforced Soil Walls and Slope Reinforcement

2020

JABEL JAIS - RAS AL KHAIMAH  - U.A.E.

Public Service Department, Ras Al Khaimah.

General Mechanic Company

Halcrow International Partnership

RETAINING WALL NO. 10 FOR MOUNTAIN ROAD TO JABEL JAIS.

Problem

The highest peak in UAE, Al Jais, is located in the Northern Emirates of Ras Al-Khaimah, 25 Km away from the main town. As per the master planning, the mountain top is to be developed as a unique tourist destination with resorts, the world’s longest zip line, golf course, etc. The proposed 36 km long road to the mountain peak site rises to a height of 700 meters. As it is the highest peak in UAE, construction ought to be challenging due to large quantity of earthworks, difficulty in access, moving up construction machinery, etc. The existing site condition required a nearly vertical retaining structure of height 32m between chainages 20+350 to 20+575. Additionally, the site receives occasional rainfall & snowfall. During the rains, flash floods are very common in this region, which even washes away the entire road and underlying embankment. Consequently, the high retaining structure must also be naturally free draining and stable against the potential effect of additional hydraulic forces behind the structure.

Solution

Maccaferri was subcontracted for design, supply, and construction assistance of the 32m high retaining wall with Paramesh system, a widely used composite system by combining high strength Paralink geogrids along with Terramesh facing units. This solution is a lot more cost-effective and easy-to-apply, particularly for such high structures. The constructed total facia area of retention is 4100 m2, ranging in height between 5m to 32m. The site strata primarily consisted of sedimentary rock, which varied from weathered to hard rock conditions. The backfill material used between ParaLink geogrid layers contained relatively larger particle sizes, thanks to the superior polyethylene coating on the geogrid material’s polyester core. The possibility of using local materials like high graded backfill material and boulders for gabion facia resulted in considerable cost savings in the project. The actual site conditions varied a lot from the design conditions that resulted in few design revisions, but due to the flexibility of the Terramesh system; the units could be easily modified/deformed at the site to match the site conditions.

Used Products

TerraMesh
TerraMesh
Maccaferri Terramesh® Family includes different facing options to build a Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) structures and Reinforced Soil SlopesView
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MonoAxial GeoGrids
MonoAxial GeoGrids
Geogrids are used mostly for reinforcement purposes considering their peculiar structure is able to provide the necessary strength to reinforce theView
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