|Roads, motorways and railway
tracks often follow the natural course of rivers and are generally built
above the maximum water surge or ordinary floodwater level. The Reinforced
Earth® technology has been extensively used for 40 years to build such
retaining structures for motorways and railways alongside rivers, lakes
and waterways, and
is especially suited to complex structures. |
Our wide selection of soil reinforcement materials associated with the Reinforced Earth® system allows this technology to be used with all types of water (fresh, brackish or salt).
Although vertical concrete facings are generally used, a steel wire mesh covered with vegetation represents an effective solution for restoring natural riverbanks. Reinforced Earth® river structures are designed and built to resist the combined forces of water and debris, which can be highly destructive during and after storms and floods. Reinforced Earth® structures are also capable of withstanding natural stresses, such as strong currents resulting in scour and suction. Reinforced Earth® panels combined with appropriate backfill ensure adequate drainage, especially if the structure is subject to sudden variations in water level.