Soil Nailing a Wall

by Peter Nicholson, Jr., (M.ASCE), Chrmn.; Nicholson Construction Co., Bridgeville, PA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 12, Pg. 37-39

Document Type: Feature article


Soil nailing is the reinforced-earth idea (in which the earth must be backfilled behind the wall) applied to cut situations. Soil nails are an inexpensive post-tensioned tieback, consisting essentially of a reinforcing bar which is grouted in a hole in the ground. Also in the name of low cost, the wall is made of steel reinforced shotcrete. One of the first U.S. applications is in stabilizing a slope beside the Cumberland Gap highway in Kentucky. The article gives highlights of that project, and describes the design technique.

Subject Headings: Soil nailing | Walls

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