Evaluation of Net-free Erosion Control Blankets

The most common Erosion Control Blankets (ECBs) have a plastic mesh netting on one side if not two. The net helps to improve longevity and performance of the blanket, however the netting used in ECBs takes a long time to degrade and poses a threat of entangling wildlife. The mesh can also lead to potential entanglement in mowing equipment that could damage the machine and threaten staff safety. This study will look at the relative performance of net- and plastic-free ECBs under similar field conditions, and provide Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) a guideline to select proper ECBs during construction activities and apply them properly.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $240000
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Illinois Department of Transportation

      Bureau of Materials and Physical Research
      126 East Ash Street
      Springfield, IL  United States  62704-4766
    • Managing Organizations:

      University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

      Illinois Center for Transportation
      1611 Titan Drive
      Rantoul, IL  United States  61866
    • Principal Investigators:

      Bhattarai, Rabin

    • Start Date: 20210516
    • Expected Completion Date: 20231115
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01771495
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Illinois Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: R27-229
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: May 12 2021 10:08AM