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Florida's Turnpike - Designing Veterans Expressway Improvements sticky icon

Reinforced Earth Product in Field

Introduction

Construction on the $380 million Veterans Expressway widening project started in summer 2013. When the project is completed, two lanes will be added in each direction: one an express lane, the other a general use toll lane. The project includes 65 Reinforced Earth® MSE walls, totaling 648,420 square feet of wall facing (11 football fields).

Challenges

Broad Street Parkway sticky icon

Reinforced Earth Wall adjacent to flood-prone Nashua River

Like main roads in many cities and towns, Broad Street in Nashua, New Hampshire begins in the western suburbs and extends to the westerly edge of the downtown district. Along the way it intersects the F.E. Everett Turnpike (US Rte. 3), a heavily-traveled toll highway running from the Massachusetts border and Boston, to the south, to Concord, the state capital to the north.

Shored Reinforced Earth Walls Take on Challenging Terrain in North Carolina sticky icon

Reinforced Earth Product in Field

In western North Carolina, in the mountainous terrain of the Pisgah National Forest, few roads are straight, fewer are level, and the combination of straight and level is almost non-existent.  Highways thread their way through meandering valleys or along folded and twisting hillsides, defining the shortest distance between towns.  Some roads, like NC Route 194, just cannot avoid the tortuous curves and terrifying switchbacks imposed by an unforgiving topography, sometimes seeming to trace the alignment of a piece of ribbon candy turned on edge.  Though in places barely two la

Veterans Memorial Bridge / Design-Build sticky icon

MSE Precast Abutment

As the gateway to Maine's largest metropolitan area, Veterans Memorial Bridge (VMB) carries the Veterans Memorial Parkway and more than 22,000 vehicles a day between Portland and South Portland.  In 2009 the Maine DOT issued a design-build RFP to replace the narrow and deteriorating original span and requiring a 100-year service life for the new structure.  The winning team comprised Reed & Reed (Woolwich, ME; general contractor), T.Y. Lin International (Falmouth, ME; bridge designer), GZA Geoenvironmental (Portland, ME; geotechnical engineer) and R. J.