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Con-Force Gravel Yard

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The second P3 project for the Northwest Anthony Henday Ring Road in Edmonton stretches from Yellowhead Trail east to Manning Drive. Con-Force Concrete Products was contracted to build 220 Concrete NU Bridge
Girders, with the largest being 2.75 m in height and 55 m long. Included on the 21 km roadway project are eight interchanges, five fly overs, and two rail crossings — for a total of 29 bridge structures.


Edmonton, Alberta

Project Partners

Owner: Con-Force Concrete Products
Consultant: Nilex Inc.
Completion Date: July 2009


With single tire load ratings over 90,000 lbs and a subgrade CBR of 1%, the existing Con-Force gravel yard was not suited to handle the large stresses of their new Mobile Gantry Cranes once loaded with these large girders. 

Con-Force’s geotechnical engineer suggested the use of woven geotextile, biaxial geogrid and 1.2 m of select granular fill. With the high cost for granular materials, the owner approached Nilex to explore a more economical solution.


Nilex, along with partner Tensar International, suggested the use of TriAx™ geogrid, a revolutionary geogrid product introduced into the North American market in April 2009. Its triangular apertures provide multi-directional properties, 360° reinforcement, and a new level of in-plane radial stiffness. With the improved junction, there is 100% transfer of load, resulting in no loss of efficiency.


Nonwoven geotextile was placed directly on the soft subgrade, followed by 150 mm of crushed gravel. A layer of TriAx Geogrid was installed, followed by 300 mm of crushed gravel. The contractor was concerned they would not achieve compaction requirements with such a small lift of granular material. Third party density test confirmed these requirements were met before proceeding to the second lift. A second layer of TriAx Geogrid was added, followed by the remaining 350 mm of crushed gravel.


With TriAx Geogrid incorporated into the project, the owner saw an overall savings of $10,000 due to a reduction in granular material. Con-Force received a stamped engineered design from Tensar and assurance that the Gantry Cranes can move their large cargo safely and confidently through the new yard.


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