Autumn 2014

Reinforcement of Väg 383 Vibbyn – Flarken

The road connecting the Swedish towns of Vibbyn and Flarken is being completely reinforced and stabilized – without impacting on the surrounding nature. This is partly due to the application of TenCate Geolon® PET.

The connecting road between Vibbyn and Flarken in the region of Luleå (northern Sweden) rests on a soft unstable subgrade. Over time this has led to dangerous situations for road users and the road has even been closed several times a year because of flooding. The time had come to stabilize and reinforce the base course, but then without disturbing the nature. Road 383 runs through a nature reserve and over natural waterways, so every attention has been given to preserving the natural environment.

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The project encompasses measures to repair the road, reinforce the subgrade and improve traffic safety. Two blind bends have been straightened and two bridges – over the Lörbäcken and Brobyån – have been renovated and extended to facilitate the passage of fish. 

To improve the bearing capacity of the road, wooden piles have been driven into the ground along a large stretch of the route, while concrete piles have been used under and close to the bridges. 

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TenCate Geolon® PET has been placed on top of these piles for stabilization purposes. This is a woven geosynthetic material for soil reinforcement and base course strengthening that combines considerable strength with an extraordinarily long life span – up to a hundred years. A layer of asphalt is then applied. 

The work will be completed in October 2014.


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