UDOT Cutting Construction Time and Cost with Soil Bridge Abutment

Utah DOT is the first in the country to use the reinforced soil technique at the abutment of an interstate bridge. The geosynthetic reinforcement, soil-integrated bridge system uses tons of soil and will save taxpayers time and money.

"Basically what we are doing here is just building a bridge abutment out of soil and reinforcement instead of concrete," said Tim Rose, UDOT Region 2 deputy director.

For the Echo Junction I-80 overpass, crews are building the footing for a 58-foot-wide span of multiple layers of compressed dirt separated by a tarp-like fabric.

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