Session Start Date

5-6-1984

Abstract

In 1965 and 1966, a 3,500’ long, hydraulically-placed, highway embankment was constructed over the very soft lakebed deposits of Lake Monona. The compressible deposits, which ranged in thickness from 40’ to 80’, included marl, organic silt and silty clay. An incipient shear failure occurred near the end of the 1965 construction season, necessitating embankment design and construction modifications. Pertinent slope stability and settlement data are summarized, as are time dependent changes in in-situ subsoil parameters. Measured settlements, which currently range from 3’ to more than 12’, agree well with basic consolidation theory and engineering predictions formulated at project inception. General observations with respect to design, construction and overall performance of the causeway embankment are also provided.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

First Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

5-6-1984

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1984 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Lake Monona Causeway - Madison, Wisconsin, USA

In 1965 and 1966, a 3,500’ long, hydraulically-placed, highway embankment was constructed over the very soft lakebed deposits of Lake Monona. The compressible deposits, which ranged in thickness from 40’ to 80’, included marl, organic silt and silty clay. An incipient shear failure occurred near the end of the 1965 construction season, necessitating embankment design and construction modifications. Pertinent slope stability and settlement data are summarized, as are time dependent changes in in-situ subsoil parameters. Measured settlements, which currently range from 3’ to more than 12’, agree well with basic consolidation theory and engineering predictions formulated at project inception. General observations with respect to design, construction and overall performance of the causeway embankment are also provided.