Railroad Sinkhole Stabilization

Martinsburg, WV

The Job

This railroad sinkhole stabilization project is located in Martinsburg, West Virginia. During the installation of a 42″ jack & bore casing below a three-track Class 1 railroad, ballast started showing in the spoils. Soon afterward a sinkhole appeared between tracks 2 & 3, 15 feet above the casing. The jack & bore installation was stopped, and the contractor reached out CJGeo requesting an emergency mobilization.

The Challenge

CJGeo had to mobilize with very little notice, and work had to be performed adjacent to an operational track.

The Solution

CJGeo mobilized two polyurethane compaction grouting crews, who were on the road in less than an hour. Within four hours of the sinkhole formation, CJGeo was onsite with more than 250CY of material placement capacity.

CJGeo successfully grouted the sinkhole, using CJGrout 20SDB. Rail traffic continued on adjacent tracks, and the face of the bore was restored, allowing the jack & bore operation to safely restart. CJGeo performed this repair using a polyurethane grout with an elastic modulus similar to the existing soil in order to prevent creating a hard spot in the rail. CJGrout 20SDB was the best fit grout for railroad sinkhole stabilization project because:

  • it cures to 95% strength within 15 minutes
  • doesn’t impede auger boring
  • is highly mobile, so will pass through ballast easily
  • doesn’t have lifting capacity, so wouldn’t move the adjacent tracks
  • is formulated for bulk placements without charring

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