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Neuse River Annular Grouting

Raleigh, North Carolina

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The Job

This annular grouting project is located in North Carolina. The City of Raleigh’s Neuse River East Parallel Interceptor project involves the installation of miles of large diameter gravity sewer. Two road crossings required 120″ tunnels for installation of the 96″ HOBAS pipe.

The Challenge

While neither tunnel was very long, due to the 10′ diameter tunnels, grouting needed to be performed in two lifts. This allowed buoyancy control of the HOBAS carrier pipes to be maintained with partial water filling, and eliminated the need to perform hold down blocking during the carrier pipe installation.

The Solution

CJGeo proposed an NCDOT approved 40lb/cuft CJFill-Standard cellular grout mix due to passage through an NCDOT right of way, and then grouted the two tunnels each in two lifts. Fill was confirmed with uniform grout vented out the 12 o’clock vent position at the far end of each tunnel.

By using cellular grout instead of a traditional high unit weight grout, CJGeo designed three lifts out of the placement. This is because carrier pipe buoyancy is a function of the displaced mass. When the grout is less than 1/3 the density of traditional grout, deeper lifts are possible without floating the new carrier.

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