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Sink Hole Repair North of Birmingham

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About This Project

In March 2010, a sinkhole developed on Interstate 65, closing both northbound lanes just north of Birmingham, Alabama. This closure forced a 25-mile detour. Immediately, we were asked to meet with the Highway Director for the Alabama Department of Transportation. Reed was asked to submit a proposal for the emergency repairs needed to re-open this section of highway. We immediately submitted our proposal, listing our manpower and abilities. Although many other regional contractors from around the southeast were asked to propose, we were notified the very next morning that Reed had been chosen to perform the work.

Reed immediately mobilized with equipment, manpower, and over 50 dump trucks. Excavation began immediately, and was directed by the geotechnical engineer. The excavation reached a depth of over 40 feet. Once the excavation was complete, we began backfilling operations. Both of our concrete plants at the time — and 21 of our ready-mix trucks — were used to place 800 cubic yards of concrete at the site. More than 55 dump trucks were utilized to haul more than 7,000 tons of riprap to complete the backfill operation. After backfilling the sinkhole with concrete and riprap, paving operations ensued. Reed employed both of our asphalt plants at the time — along with two asphalt crews and over 60 trucks — to complete the paving operations. All of this work was completed in just under eight days of working around the clock, and the interstate was re-opened to the public without incident.

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  • Type of WorkRoad construction, site preparation
  • LocationBirmingham, Alabama
  • OwnerAlabama Department of Transportation
  • Key Factors

    Emergency Work

  • End ResultInterstate reopened in eight days