Utvärdering av djupdränering och effekt av tätad stödremsa och innerslänt utmed väg 126, Torpsbruk

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Klas Hansson
Lars-Göran Svensson
Kent Enkell

Experiments show that the deep drainage system is an effective method to control the groundwater table and, concerning road construction, it is recommended as a method when the road is located in earth cut below the ground surface in combination with high groundwater table. However, it is important to maintain the drainage system.

Along route 126 near Torpsbruk, the Swedish Transport Administration for many years had problems with bearing capacity, potholes and other deterioration. The problem obviously exists due to a combination of factors such as poor construction material, and high water content in the construction.

VTI experiments show that the deep drainage system is a very effective method to control the groundwater table. This was supported by the plugging trials. The water levels increased and decreased rapidly in connection with plugging and opening of the deep drainage system. Deep drainage is also a very effective method to control the water content in the road when the groundwater table is high in the road construction. Sealing of the road verge and embankment slope affected the dynamics of water content in the road. To investigate the infiltration of rain and road water some part of the road shoulder was sealed with a plastic tarpaulin.

The results can be used to evaluate if the use of sealed road shoulders might be an appropriate maintenance action. To evaluate the long-term effect of this action on the road construction and durability the measurements have to continue for a longer period of time.

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