Location

St. Louis, Missouri

Session Start Date

6-1-1993

Abstract

Construction of the US22/SR7 interchange in Steubenville, OH resulted in the need to excavate the toe of the steep 350 ft. high slope overlooking the Ohio River. To maintain the stability of the slope, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) chose to construct a 4 tier, 130- ft. high, 2,200 ft. long tieback anchor retaining wall. During the design phase, it became apparent that reductions in both the tieback loading and cost could be realized by lowering the groundwater levels in the hillside. A Pressure Relief Tunnel System (PRTS) was selected from several drainage options. The PRTS consists of a 1,945 ft. long tunnel, excavated parallel to, and 200 ft. behind, the retaining wall, and a series 85 ft. long, sub-vertical drainage holes drilled upward from inside the tunnel. This paper presents the design of the PRTS, an outline of the instrumentation program and a comparison of the observed and expected drawdowns.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Third Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

6-1-1993

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1993 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Pressure Relief Tunnel System at US22/SR7 Interchange, OH

St. Louis, Missouri

Construction of the US22/SR7 interchange in Steubenville, OH resulted in the need to excavate the toe of the steep 350 ft. high slope overlooking the Ohio River. To maintain the stability of the slope, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) chose to construct a 4 tier, 130- ft. high, 2,200 ft. long tieback anchor retaining wall. During the design phase, it became apparent that reductions in both the tieback loading and cost could be realized by lowering the groundwater levels in the hillside. A Pressure Relief Tunnel System (PRTS) was selected from several drainage options. The PRTS consists of a 1,945 ft. long tunnel, excavated parallel to, and 200 ft. behind, the retaining wall, and a series 85 ft. long, sub-vertical drainage holes drilled upward from inside the tunnel. This paper presents the design of the PRTS, an outline of the instrumentation program and a comparison of the observed and expected drawdowns.