The inherent strength and flexibility of a Reinforced Earth® wall solution gives rail and transit stakeholders and their engineers and constructors powerful means for meeting structural, geotechnical and economical challenges with solutions for projects of all types, sizes and complexities. And by working with Terre Armée, all stakeholders can reduce uncertainty and improve their bottom-line results.
Under restrictive circumstances the most effective alternatives to MSE walls include T-Wall® (modular), and TechWall™ (counterfort) precast retaining walls. These Terre Armée solutions offer optimal solutions when designers are challenged with constraints related to highly restrictive rights-of-way, narrow in-fill clearances, obstructions behind the wall facing, etc.
When designers for railway widenings and twinnings encounter existing structures in close and encroaching proximity to new structures, then the shored retaining wall TerraLink™ solution is to be considered. TerraLink™ can be constructed in front of an existing structure or natural soil/rock, with narrow space between the two.
Cut and cover railway tunnels
TechSpan® arches are frequently used for the construction of railway tunnels in built earth embankments or in cut-and-cover conditions. The TechSpan® solution involves a strong soil-structure interaction, associating three-hinge prefabricated concrete arches to a structural backfill. The main advantages of TechSpan® are the material and structural quality, the rapidness of installation and the adaptability to the specific clear opening size requirements of each project.
TechSpan® is especially efficient when building the structures over existing rail tracks below traffic when closure during installation is either not an option or must be minimized. Reinforced Earth® is a logical complementary technique for the construction of the spandrel walls and tunnel portal walls.
Terre Armée also designs and supplies TechBox® solutions. TechBox® is a state-of-the-art articulated precast concrete “box” solution comprised of free standing walls and over bridging units that can be used for the construction of underpasses, overpasses, cut and cover tunnels and large culverts among other applications.
The construction of railways close to residential areas can be a source of noise disturbance for the people living nearby. Terre Armée designs and supplies solutions that have proven to be effective for noise protection. Our StresTec post-and-panel sound walls can be installed in areas of low height clearance and our FanWall free-standing sound barriers can be mounted without deep foundation elements.