Recently, a large and dangerous rockslide closed Cove Road in Jasper, Georgia. The fallen material occurred in an area of exposed and fractured rock that had already experienced a similar slide a little over eight years ago.
Concerned with the additional risk posed by the material left stranded on the slope’s face, Steve Poole, a GeoStabilization Project Development Engineer, was contacted to assess the danger and propose remediation solutions. Within twelve hours Steve was onsite and observed additional fractures and discontinuities in the rock slope’s face above the roadway. These were particularly concerning because of their proximity and orientation to the road. His recommendation was to scale the remaining loose material off the slope to make the roadway safe for the traveling public.
Immediately after receiving the notice to proceed from the city, GeoStabilization’s Rockfall Remediation Technicians (RRTs) mobilized and started their remediation work the next business day. Working with city personnel, the technicians removed the loose material remaining on the slope and conducted a drone survey to ensure the roadway’s stabilization. A proactive approach from city leaders and our team provided a successful long-term solution that allowed the road to open within nine days.
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Bridge abutments are commonly founded on a deep foundation and are much more rigid than the adjacent embankment fill.