Fire in the Hole: Emergency Repairs to the Robinson Creek Tunnel

by Randy K. Zeiger, P.E., Senior Geotechnical/Tunnel Engineer; Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, Inc., Nashville, TN, randy.zeiger@amecfw.com,


Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2017, Vol. 21, Issue 1, Pg. 26-32


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: On the eve of April 26, 2014, an arsonist set fire to the CSX Transportation (CSXT) Robinson Creek tunnel. The tunnel is located about 120 mi. southeast of Lexington, near Pikeville, KY. The 742-ft-long tunnel was constructed about 100 years ago. It was supported mostly with timber sets and lagging, through Pennsylvanian-age bedrock consisting of interbedded sandstone, shale, and coal. Maximum cover over the tunnel is approximately 350 ft.

Subject Headings: Tunnels | Fires | Rivers and streams | Emergency management | Wood | Bedrock | Sandstone | Shale | Kentucky | United States | North America

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