Performance Comparison of Abutment and Retaining Wall Drainage Systems

Drainage behind abutment walls and retaining walls is vital to the performance of the abutment and approach slabs as it relates to potential settlement and rideability. The drainage system must retain the soil backfill while allowing water to pass out from behind the wall providing hydrostatic relief. Lack of proper drainage behind abutment and retaining walls can cause damage to the abutment walls, retaining walls, approach slabs, and expansion joints. Settlement at these locations can cause unsafe driving conditions. This research will conduct a benefit analysis comparing Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT's) current process of two feet of porous backfill with prefabricated composite drainage systems. The benefit analysis should reflect systems with potential to demonstrate a cost benefit. To accomplish this research, the scope of work should be divided into two phases. Phase 2 is contingent upon successful completion of Phase 1 and written authorization from ODOT's Research Program. The scope of work should include, at a minimum, the activities noted below. Additional tasks may be included in the proposal by the research team as appropriate to ensure achievement of research objectives.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration, Ohio Division

    200 North High Street
    Room 328
    Columbus, OH  United States  43215
  • Project Managers:

    Welter, Jim

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Akron

    College of Engineering
    Akron, OH  United States  44325
  • Principal Investigators:

    Tao, Junliang

  • Start Date: 20141006
  • Expected Completion Date: 20171206
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37234

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01539802
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 26626, 135025
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 2 2014 1:00AM