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January Technical Meeting – Maintaining Route 199 Infrastructure


Presentation Topic: Maintaining Route 199 Infrastructure: Aging Sheet Pile Walls, High Traffic Volumes, and Utilities – No Problem

Registration: Registration for this event is now closed.

Abstract: The Hampton Roads District is responsible for approximately 10,000 lane miles, 14 of the state’s 25 special structures (tunnels, moveable bridges, and complex structures), and many major bridges. The Williamsburg Residency maintains the existing transportation infrastructure within Hampton, James City, Newport News, Poquoson, Surry, and York Counties including the western loop of Route 199 around Williamsburg, VA.

The Residency observed pavement distresses and instability in the outside shoulder of the Route 199 eastbound adjacent to an existing sheet pile between the Colonial Park and Quarterpath Road intersections that posed a potential hazard to the traveling public and nearby utilities.  This section of Route 199 travel lanes and embankment are supported by a pair of parallel sheet piles walls that are connected with a multiple row tie rod and waler system. This sheet pile supported roadway carries approximately 37,000 vehicles per day over the Halfway Creek floodplain which was constructed in 1981.

Faced with corrosion of the horizontal walers and lateral movement of the wall, the Williamsburg Residency engaged GeoStabilization International (GSI) to assist with evaluating options to extend the service life of the sheet pile walls while maintaining 4 lanes of traffic, two in each direction. The Residency leveraged several contracts to meet the needs and schedule of the project, and reduce the risk to the traveling public. The project was successfully completed this year by in-house Residency forces, GSI, Henry S. Branscome Construction, LLC, and Curtis Contracting, Inc.

The presentation will discuss options considered to stabilize the 670 LF sheet pile walls with exposed heights ranging from 11 to 24 feet.  The presentation will also cover the challenges faced during construction and how these challenges were overcome while maintaining traffic on this vital corridor for the Williamsburg community. This rehabilitation project saved the Department considerable time, money and unmeasurable inconvenience to the traveling public compared to a replacement option, while still extending the service life an anticipated 75 additional years.

Presenters: Kirill Gorin and Ryan Tinsley, M.S., P.G.

Kirill Gorin, Assistant Residency Administrator – Hampton Roads District, VDOT: Kirill administers the Williamsburg Residency’s roadway and drainage infrastructure maintenance/ rehabilitation plan within Hampton Roads District. He is responsible for overall project management and contract development then planning, organizing, monitoring, and directing work activities and resources necessary to complete projects.

Kirill has nine years’ experience of heavy civil construction and maintenance of VDOT’s roadway, bridges, and drainage infrastructure. His ability to demonstrate knowledge of civil engineering principals, roadway and drainage design, construction, inspection, maintenance, and general repair practices experience aids the Department with proper, timely, and cost-effective repair/rehab solutions.

Kirill has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University, Virginia.  He currently has his Engineer in Training certificate and has been recently approved to sit for the P.E. Exam.

Ryan Tinsley, M.S., P.G., Project Development Lean and Senior Engineering Geologist: Ryan leads GeoStabilization International’s project development in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Ryan specializes in the development of geotechnical design-build solutions for slope stabilization, structure rehabilitation, rockfall mitigation, landslide remediation, and other ground improvement applications. Ryan has over twenty years’ experience investigating, evaluating, and remediating geohazards helping clients nationally navigate the risks of geohazards and minimizing impacts to their infrastructure.  Ryan’s experience also includes technical oversight during emergency response remediation construction. Ryan has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from Radford University, Virginia and a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Geology from Kent State University, Ohio.  He is a Registered Professional Geologist in both Virginia and Pennsylvania.

When: Thursday, January 26th, 2023
11:45 AM -12 PM – Sign in and Networking
12 PM -1PM – Presentation

Where: 2810: a community gathering place, 2810 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221
(Reserved parking spaces on both sides of building and in gravel lot located through gate)

Registration Price: $30 members and $35 non-members, price increases after January 25th, 2023.

Lunch is included (Local Carytown Favorites)

PDH: 1.0 HR