Synthesis on Rapid Repair Methods for Embankment Slope Failure

Embankment slope failures have become a common issue on Texas highways and roadways. While the repair of these failures is vital to the stability of adjacent structures, it disturbs ordinary operations. Thus, the most appropriate rapid repair methods must be applied by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance workforce to keep Texas highways functional. The objectives are to (1) synthesize and critically evaluate existing methods for rapid repair of embankment slope failures, (2) recommend appropriate implementation procedures to avoid recurring failures considering different district conditions, and (3) develop new methods if existing methods are insufficient. These methods will be evaluated and compared based on (1) long-term performance and applicability to the embankment soil; (2) constructability considering the minimal impact to existing roadway and traffic conditions; and (3) ease of implementation by TxDOT maintenance workforces. The objectives will be achieved through a literature review, fact-finding surveys, follow-up structured interviews, and case studies. This study will provide TxDOT with best practices and the implementation details needed to repair highway embankment slope failures rapidly and under different conditions, which are most suitable to the respective districts. In rare instances, a repair may be necessary due to rock slope failure with rocks falling on the road and endangering the lives of travelers. Rapid repair is especially important in this case.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Jensen, Darrin

  • Performing Organizations:

    The University of Texas at Arlington

    701 S. Nedderman Drive
    Arlington, TX  United States  76019
  • Principal Investigators:

    Shahandashti, Seyed

  • Start Date: 20170901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180831
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01648622
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6957
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 20 2017 11:15AM