Port of Barranquilla, Colombia
BackgroundCMI is proud to have played a role in securing the Port of Barranquilla, Colombia. Barranquilla, Colombia is the largest city and port in a northern region of Colombia. Increased activity at the port resulted in an immediate need to improve road infrastructure from the port to various exit points of the city. To alleviate traffic on local roads and provide a more direct route to and from the Port of Barranquilla, a new highway was constructed: El Corredor Portuario.
Project ScopeThis project was unique for many reasons, including: soft, organic soil with incredibly high amounts of trash and debris; high vehicular surcharge up to the edge of the vertical wall; high contamination levels in the water found within the drainage canal; and variable water levels.
Due to the swamp-like conditions of the job site, the new highway, El Corredor Portuario was constructed over an engineered fill that was reinforced with Tensar Tri-Ax geogrids and soil cement columns. As a result, the contractor CONVIAS required a solution to stabilize the edge of the elevated highway that bordered the canal.
PerformanceShoreGuard sheet piling was selected by TDM Colombia as a technically efficient solution. Its durability, sustainability, cost effectiveness, ease of installation and aesthetic appeal were important. This retention wall protects the highway from frequent flooding of the canal during heavy seasonal rains. ShoreGuard vinyl sheet piling provides a strong vertical barrier against the accumulation of debris and trash that were frequently being thrown at the stream, which made other conventional solutions for water protection difficult to implement.
ConstructionThe fact that ShoreGuard would not react with the toxic chemicals found in the canal was absolutely critical. The soil profile had a variety of conditioned and depths. In some parts it contained organic, limey clay soil; in others there were debris; and hard marine rocks were encountered at lower depths. Anchored with galvanized steel anchor rods tied to a continuous concrete "deadman", embedment was cut in half, resulting in 33% material savings. After driving the sheets with the use of a Vibratory Plate Compactor, system accessories were installed successfully completing the project.
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