Eight panels of StarTrack modular grade crossing tubs settled. As a result of the settlement multiple clips broke. This tub crossing lifting project was for a short line serving an industrial facility in Geneva, New York.
The crossing tubs settled, and when crossed by trucks, pumped water containing the subballast up between the tubs and adjacent pavement. The crossing was the only entrance into an industrial facility that took two trains per day. Because of limited onsite storage, rail service couldn’t be disrupted at all.
CJGeo proposed grouting immediately below the panels, and also into the underlying disturbed subballast using CJGrout 48NHL geotechnical polyurethane grout. CJGeo performed the tub crossing lifting work without impacting rail traffic, and the facility was able to function normally throughout the repair, which took less than a day.
Polyurethane grouting with CJGrout is an excellent alternative to cement based grouting, because:
- CJGrout cures within a few minutes, so there are no limitations on rail traffic
- CJGrout is not brittle, so does not break down in dynamic environments like thin layers of cement-based grout tend to do
- CJGrout application is not weather dependent; in this case, it was snowing during installation
- CJGeo controls the entire CJGrout logistics process, so there’s no need to wait on ready mix trucks or coordinate deliveries of material that goes bad within a few hours of offsite mixing
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