Green Road Celebrates Birthday
MORGANTOWN, WV (June 20, 2012) On, West Virginia’s 150th birthday, the rebuilt road at MEPCO’s loading dock on the Monongahela River near Morgantown, WV was just one year old. What makes its birthday worth noting is that this road is constructed with a Mechanical Concrete® base and a stone surface and it has carried over 70,000 coal trucks in its first year of life. But that’s still not its major claim to fame; this new, green, Mechanical Concrete® industrial road design reduced the usual maintenance by over 75%. Jerry Swartz, Fuels and Logistics Manager for MEPCO called it first years performance “Amazing”. According to Swartz, “We usually had to add a couple of truckloads of stone a month to our road due to surface wear and deterioration, now it it’s a couple of loads every four or five months.”
Robert Adams, the construction supervisor who installed the road says, “It’s really surprising that something so simple can be that strong and also be green and sustainable. We were able to drive our heavy trucks and equipment as soon as we filled the tire-derived-geo-cylinders.”
The MEPCO dock road was one of several road repair projects constructed by Laurita, Inc. during the summer of 2011 using Mechanical Concrete®. The repairs took place on Lower Crafts Run Road off WV Rt. 100 and on Upper Crafts Run Road aka“The Boulevard” near Longview power plant. Those roads segments, which have concrete, asphalt and stone surfaces with a Mechanical Concrete® base, along with the Prime Mine concrete surfaced road in Maidsville have carried over 500,000 coal trucks and have performed beyond everyone expectations. The Lower and Upper Crafts Run segments are public roads and the installations were approved by the WVDOH. Mechanical Concrete® was approved for use by the WVDOH, Materials Division in 2008.
According to REAGCO president and civil engineer Samuel G. Bonasso, “These coal and power plant haul road projects are the definitive application for any road building technology. By carrying up to 600 coal and refuse trucks per day, they demonstrate conclusively the superior strength and behavior of Mechanical Concrete® among geosynthetic technologies as well as traditional methods of construction.” Bonasso is also the former WV Secretary of Transportation.
Over 300 million waste tires are generated in the USA annually. Mechanical Concrete® is made by putting crushed stone in a tire-derived-geo-cylinder, which is manufactured by removing both sidewalls from a waste auto tire. It uses the original structure of the tire to provide lateral support for the stone more than tripling its load carrying capacity and eliminating the pothole, ditch collapse and rutting problems created by water getting into the road base.