|Location : National Highway -NH 44, Churaibari, near the Assam-Tripura border|
|Principal Client : PW (Buildings and NH) DepartmentGovernment ofAssam|
|Main Contractor: ABCI Infra|
|Application: Rehabilitation of damaged section of NH-44|
|System Offered: Pavement section incorporating StrataWeb®|
The National Highway NH 44 is a majorroad artery for the North East. The stretch of this highway leading to the border of Assam and Tripura (two states in the north east of India), is the only land-link between Tripura and the rest of the country.NH 44is the state’s life-line for supplies and victuals, and all commercial activities.
The subgrade of the highway is highly plastic, weak clayey soil. There was heavy rain in March 2016, which damaged this stretch, as shown in the pictures. Conventional repairs were attempted which were unsuccessful in allowing smooth traffic across this 500m stretch. With the bottleneck of stranded vehicles, the situation turned chaotic and untenable causing blockage of all goods to Tripura and virtual isolation from the rest of the country.
Conditions during June 2016
The issue escalated to the Central Government becausethe prices of essential commodities including fuel and food hit the roof. In view of Strata’s known expertise in geosynthetics and pavements, the Assam Public Works (Buildings & NH) Departmentconsulted with Strata.
Strata’s Innovative Approach
There were two essential issues to be addressed:
- Drainage of the pavement section and its subgrade;
- Strengthening the pavement section.
Strata recommendedStrataWeb®within the pavement section to solve both these issues.With a CBR (California Bearing Ratio) as low as 0.5% and a traffic of 20MSA (Million Standard Axles), the following section was proposed by Strata:
At first, the remnants of the existing road were scrapped off. The subgrade was then dressed, levelled and compacted. A nonwoven geotextile was placed above the compacted surface to prevent intermingling of the engineered section with the weak plastic subgrade.
|Laying the nonwoven on dressed surface||StrataWeb® being infilled with granular material|
|Granular base being compacted||Finished level|
The highway opened to all traffic immediately after the granular base was laid. The bituminous concrete and the dense bituminous macadam layers were placed later.
It has been candidly acknowledged by the Assam PW (Buildings and NH) Department, to quote:
“The NH-44 at Churaibari once became infamous for mud and slush is now transforming into heaven of beauty. All this has been made possible by the use of Geocell in Road construction”.
Strata’s Value Addition
- Ensured smooth traffic in record timewhen conditions were distressing
- The pavement was strengthened compared to the conventional section
- Reduced maintenance cost and
- Increased road life-span significantly
About Strata Geosystems
Strata Geosystems is a leader in the geosynthetics market across the globe. Strata provides end-to-end solutions for soil reinforcement challenges including the supply, design, and construction with our world renowned StrataGrid™ (geogrid) and StrataWeb® (geocells). In addition to the ISO and CE mark, the testing for our products are conducted in GAI-LAP accredited labs across the U.S., U.K., and India. We are also a proud member of the International Geotechnical Society (IGS) promoting advancements in geosynthetics.