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66″ Water Main Abandonment

Glenridge, Maryland

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The Job

This 66″ water main abandonment is part of the The Purple Line’s construction. The Purple Line is a light rail line project in suburban Maryland. It will increase connectivity within Maryland’s suburbs of Washington, DC. The project involves extensive utility relocation to facilitate installation of large embankments and the extensive infrastructure required for a double track rail corridor dropped into the middle of an already exceptionally congested/dense corridor.

The Challenge

As part of the project, a large MSE wall was built over approximately 3000LF of 66″ PCCP water main. To avoid any future maintenance problems under the rail alignment, a new line was put in adjacent to the embankment. The old line had to be completely full of grout.

Due to construction sequencing, the embankment installation happened before the water line relocation.

The Solution

CJGeo worked with the utility relocation contractor to design a grout mix and grouting program that provided sufficient bearing capacity to eliminate concerns about future stability. The ultimate design for the mix was a 100psi CJFill-Ultra Lightweight cellular grout. Because the embankment was already in place, the entire 3000LF stretch was accessible from just two access points.

CJGeo used a 200CY/hour dry mix batch plant onsite to generate and pump the cellular concrete up to 1500LF to place the material. This 66″ water main abandonment took four days to complete, and didn’t disrupt any of the adjacent construction activities.

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