Henry County, Ohio, experienced multiple landslides along County Road Z that were slipping into the Maumee River. The shoulder was compromised and the edge of the pavement was in danger of failure during heavy rain events. Typically, a road in this rural area could have been relocated, however, an adjacent cemetery meant that option was not feasible. GSI®’s Perry Kairis, P.E. met with Henry County hours after the county called GeoStabilization International® about the problem. Henry County had repaired a smaller section of this roadway years before with a soldier pile wall, but found that option prohibitively expensive. GSI® employed Launched SuperNails® to permanently stabilize the slides which protected the road adjacent to the cemetery at a fraction of the time and cost of more traditional repair techniques. This allowed the County to maintain the alignment of the roadway along the cemetery. The County then had the option to move the road away from the river beyond this constraint. The Launcher installed one SuperNail® (ballistically) about every four minutes, which significantly reduced the construction time over any other option being considered. No permits were necessary since all work was accomplished from above. A man-lift was used to apply the shotcrete surface treatment. The client was very satisfied with the project and introduced GSI® to both the City of Napoleon and the Henry County Parks Commission, which resulted in additional projects for each of these new clients within Henry County.
A Mid-Atlantic state’s Department of Transportation (DOT) and its historical preservation group wanted to repair and rehabilitate a failing rock wall within a town in Appalachia.