RIDOT Route 6-10 Connector Design Build Taper Tube Foundations

GTR provided geotechnical design, technical support, instrumentation and on-site quality control for this Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Design-Build project.  The successful Design-Build Contractor, 6/10 Constructors, consisting of Barletta Heavy Division, O&G Industries, D.W. White and Aetna Bridge, engaged GTR to develop a Value Engineering Deep Foundation re-design as an alternative to drilled micropile foundations selected as their base bid design.  In lieu of drilling 200+ foot DMP’s, GTR proposed the use of driven TaperTube pile foundation system.  At that time, GTR’s innovative approach was the first use of TaperTube piles to support a RIDOT bridge structure.     

To demonstrate that GTR’s TaperTube pile design was both feasible and cost-effective, GTR designed, instrumented and executed an on-site, comprehensive static and dynamic TaperTube pile load test program.  Based on GTR’s unique knowledge of TaperTube piles from our pile experience using TaperTube piles in similar ground conditions throughout Long Island, NY and the RIDOT Static Load Test Program performed by GTR in 1995, we developed and delivered an alternate foundation design consisting of 60-80 foot driven TaperTube steel piles in lieu of 200 foot long drilled micropiles. GTR’s services include Wave Equation Analyses (WEAP) and dynamic pile testing (PDA) to address drivability concerns and static and dynamic load testing to determine site specific load deformation characteristics at the 2 test sites.  GTR performed PDA testing, instrumented and executed a comprehensive pile load test program including static, tension and lateral load in accordance with ASTM standards and provided full-time on-site quality control throughout pile installation.  GTR’s innovative TaperTube pile foundation design was an enormous success, providing considerable schedule and cost savings to the Project.

Project: Route 6/10 Interchange Project – Design/Build

Client: 6/10 Constructors Joint Venture (Barletta, O&G Industries, DW White, Aetna Bridge)

Location: Providence, Rhode Island

Year(s): 2018-23

Services: TaperTube Pile Foundation Re-Design and Instrumented Load Test Program