Failure Modes Analysis of UDOT's MSE Wall Inventory

Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) walls have become an important part of the highway infrastructure system. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has been very aggressive in using MSE walls for many of its projects. Some of the older MSE walls, approaching 30 years of age, are near the end of their design life. This project has three major objectives: 1) Develop a database (inventory) of UDOT's MSE walls, that includes the type of wall structural system, soil conditions, and construction; 2) perform a probabilistic failure modes analysis of UDOT's MSE walls that will identify possible failure modes; and, 3) develop a plan to mitigate the hazards of MSE wall failures to a level of risk that is acceptable to UDOT. The primary outcomes of this project are to be the database (inventory) and a Risk Assessment and Hazard Mitigation Plan against the failure of MSE walls in the UDOT inventory.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $76086.00
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Utah Department of Transportation

      4501 South 2700 West
      Project Development
      Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84114-8380
    • Project Managers:

      Leonard, Blaine

    • Performing Organizations:

      Utah State University Transportation Center

      Utah State University
      Logan, UT  United States  84322-4110
    • Principal Investigators:

      Bay, James

    • Start Date: 20070301
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20080229
    • Source Data: RiP Project 12971

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01460438
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Utah State University Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: UT06.710
    • Files: UTC, RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:25PM