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Barron Mountain Rock Cut

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Barron Mountain Rock Cut
Project Details
Location: I-93 Woodstock, NH
Client: NHDOT
Client Contact: Krystle Pelham

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The New Hampshire Department of Transportation retained McMahon & Mann Consulting Engineers, P.C. (ERTesting’s Parent Company) to evaluate the condition of 30-year old rock reinforcements supporting the Mt. Barron Rock cut along I-93 near Woodstock, NH. MMCE/ERT applied a recently developed recommended practice for evaluation of metal tensioned systems in geotechnical applications (NCHRP Project 24-13) that employs nondestructive testing (NDT), supplemented with results from invasive testing, to evaluate the elements and perform a condition assessment. MMCE/ERT performed the condition assessment in two phases during the summer and fall of 2003 and 2004.

Two types of rock reinforcements are installed at Barron Mountain including: (1) partially bonded, polyester resin grouted, prestressed rock bolts, and  (2) fully bonded, Portland cement grouted, rock nails.  MMCE’s/ERT’s condition assessment revealed that rock nails protected by Portland cement grout are in very good condition compared to the resin grouted rock bolts. Approximately 30% of the resin-grouted rock bolts have suffered significant loss of prestress, and locations of increased corrosion activity were documented including a zone near the backside of the bearing plates.  The observed section loss of 20% is consistent with expectations based on site conditions, installation details, date of installation, and existing mathematical models of service life. These results provide a sound technical basis for planning future maintenance and rehabilitation activities at the site, ultimately resulting in a cost savings to the NHDOT.

For further details see NHDOT.

Related Documents

Condition Assessment and Service Life Estimates for Rock Reinforcement: Case Study - This paper was presented at the 85th Annual Meeting of the TRB at the session "Fifty-years of Buried Metals".

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