Long Term Solution for Washout Ditch Using ITL Reinforced Concrete Roll® in Chattooga County, Georgia
Heavy rains caused ditch drainage problems in Chattooga County, Georgia. It was time for a long term solution. Read on to learn how ITL RCR® solved pavement erosion in a small town in Georgia.
For many years the Department of Public Works had to dig 850 feet of ditch after heavy rains. This ongoing problem was very costly for several reasons including labour, machinery, material and road closure. This road, frequently used by school buses and local traffic, had to be repaired immediately after each heavy rain. It was time to find a new long-term solution.
What is ITL Reinforced Concrete Roll®?
ITL Reinforced Concrete Roll® is a dry powdered cement mix that is needle punched between two sheets of non-woven polypropylene. Once unrolled and hydrated, ITL RCR® takes shape into a durable structure suitable for reinforcement or protective lining.
What are some of the benefits of choosing RCR®?
ITL Reinforced Concrete Roll® is a more user-friendly solution to conventional erosion control methods such as traditional concrete, shotcrete, grout blankets and rockfill.
Putting RCR® into action to fix the road washout
The process of installing RCR® material is simple. RCR® can be unrolled and cut with a utility knife. Once the RCR® material was cut to size, it was slid into position by hand and pinned in place. For this project, rebar rods with plates welded to the top were used to anchor the RCR® to the bank (landscape stakes or earth anchors would also have been acceptable). It took one day to complete the RCR® lining of approximately 850 feet of ditch, including custom fitting the RCR® to the existing culverts. Once the RCR® liner was in place, the product was fully hydrated.
After completing the installation of the RCR®, our client chose to widen this stretch of road. Hot asphalt was used to resurface the road, serving as another grip point for RCR® on the road side of the facility. It also created a smooth and secure transition. The following days the rains came and the RCR® material shed the water without any degradation of the roadside.
Chattooga County, Georgia will save several thousand dollars in rebuilding costs over the next few years. RCR® material is backed by a 30-year manufacturer’s warranty and has a 50-year lifespan. ITL RCR® is considered a greener solution attributed to less environmental disturbance, less labor, less prep work and fewer resources used compared to traditional concrete.
Consider savings and ease of installation with ITL RCR® Reinforced Concrete Roll® and contact one of our experts to find out how your next project can be faster, easier and greener!
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