Local Governments use Geofoam to Overcome Common Geotechnical Challenges

US50 near Montrose, CO

Over 100 times lighter than soil, EPS Geofoam continues to prove to be successful in high-volume fill and soil stabilization projects such as roads, bridges, levees and buildings.  Local city and county agencies have used Insulfoam Geofoam in many projects to simplify construction and reduce costs for public works projects.  Geofoam has many features and benefits to help overcome common geotechnical challenges:  high load-bearing capacities, does not decompose, decay, or produce undesirable gases or leachates, fully recyclable, durable and does not require maintenance under normal conditions throughout service life, unaffected by freeze-thaw cycles, moisture, and road salts.

Read more on how the following Geofoam applications were used from project to project in Government Engineering Journal’s article, Geofoam:  A Primer.

Slope Stabilization:

  • US50 near Montrose, CO
  • Highway 12 near White Pass in WA State
  • US101 in Northern CA

Lightweight Void Fill:

  • Fairfeld-Suisun Water Treatment Plant channel walls in Solano County, CA
  • Idaho Transportation Department

Lateral load reduction on Retaining Structures:

  • Pacific Street Bridge Widening in Omaha NE

Soft Soil Remediation:

  • Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement in Seattle, WA
  • I-80/I-65 interchange widening in Gary, IN
  • North Creek Levee raising in Bothell, WA

 

Infrastructure Challenges, Geofoam Solutions

Patterson Creek Bridge, Sammamish WA

CHALLENGE:  In a fairly remote area of unincorported King county in Washington State, an existing bridge was only 20 feet long which barely spanned the creek at high floodwater.  The existing bridge was founded on creosote treated wooden piles and needed to be replaced.  The new bridge which is 60 feet long and required new footings and abutment walls; however, over fairly soft soils.  How do you create a structure designed to hold up a bridge AND retain soil?

SOLUTION:  Insulfoam Geofoam was used to reduce differential settlement of the bridge approach fill AND was used to reduce the cost of the wall based on the reduction/elimination of the lateral pressures. You can view construction photos here.
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PROJECT INFORMATION
Project:  Patterson Creek Bridge Approach
Location:  Sammamish WA
Client:  King County DOT
Product Used:  Geofoam, 10-15 truckloads
Click here for Construction Photos