Bridge Approach Polymer Grouting

Arlington, VA

The Job

This bridge approach polymer grouting project is located just outside of Washington, DC. The George Washington Memorial Parkway connects Washington, DC with Fairfax and Alexandria Counties in Virginia. Originally designed as a scenic route, the road has transformed into a heavily used commuter route in and out of Washington. The road runs along the Potomac River, with bridges crossing deep ravines, including Windy Run.

The Challenge

Our biggest challenge with this project was making sure this heavily populated commuter route was completed in a timely fashion.

The Solution

CJGeo proposed polyurethane compaction grouting using CJGrout 30NHL. CJGrout 30NHL’s design is for improving the bearing capacity of loose soils similarly to cementitious compaction grouting. Grouting is done on 4’ centers, at 5’, 10’ & 15’ below grade. Top-down grouting ensured maximum densification of underlying soils. This grouting program was generally prescriptive, but with ground movement of 0.5 inches cutoff criteria.

CJGeo installed approximately 25,000 pounds of CJGrout 30NHL to increase the bearing capacity of the embankment soils. Due to polyurethane grout’s nearly immediate cure, CJGeo helped ensure that ground improvement stayed out of the critical path of this accelerated project. Pre & post grouting DCP testing showed improvement in soil density.

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