Reinforced Soil Walls and Slope Reinforcement
CARMONA, CAVITE - REGION IV-A - Philippines
DPWH Cavite 1st District Engineering Office
CARMONA-GMA BRIDGE ABUTMENT
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CARMONA-GMA BRIDGE ABUTMENT_1
CARMONA-GMA BRIDGE ABUTMENT_2
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An old truss-type steel bridge connecting the towns of Carmona and General Mariano Alvarez in Cavite, Philippines has undergone rehabilitation to decongest traffic in the area by constructing two new single lane bridges on both sides of the existing structure. In order to install the bored pile foundations and piers of the new bridges, a temporary passageway for heavy equipment was made by cutting about 20 meters high through an existing slope on one side of abutment. As soon as the installation of the columns and piles is finished, the removed soils have to be filled again. The backfill materials required a retaining structure in such a way that the abutment’s integrity was maintained.
Maccaferri engineers designed a retaining structure composed of Terramesh system units. Terramesh system is typically used for construction of mechanically-stabilized earth (MSE) walls. The reinforced zone of the MSE wall was primarily strengthened with Maccaferri’s MacGrid high tenacity woven polyester geogrids. Aside from the wall’s structural integrity, ease of installation, and significant cost savings compared to reinforced concrete gravity walls, another distinct advantage of Terramesh System MSE wall is its ability to be fitted to the abutment’s non-standard geometry requirements.