Highway Applications of Geotextiles

by David L. Belongia, (A.M.ASCE), Proj. Engr.; Soil Testing Services of Wisc., Inc., Milwaukee, Wisc.,
Willard G. Puffer, (Aff.M.ASCE), Engrg. Mng.; Monsanto Textiles Co., St. Louis, Mo.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 5, Pg. 60-63

Document Type: Feature article


The successful use of geotextiles on poor soils and water in highway subgrades and sideslopes is examined in this two-part article, In Lakeshore Resort Cuts Cost of Road Relocation with Fabric Filter, Mr. Belongia explores the inclusion of woven filter fabric in the design of a major road project, resulting in significant time and cost savings. The site of a highway relocation had a soil profile of 0-4 feet of miscellaneous fill underlain by 5-12 feet of highly organic silt and peat. Filter fabric was placed on the miscellaneous fill or organic subgrade, and limestone basecoarse was pushed onto the fabric, and then compacted and paved. In Engineering Fabric Use in New York Highway Construction, Mr. Puffer reviews the required criteria for use, the installation guidelines and cost effectiveness of three innovative highway construction projects employing fabric.

Subject Headings: Fabrics | Highway and road design | Infrastructure construction | Construction costs | Filters | Highways and roads | Geosynthetics | Soil water | New York | United States

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