StoneWall Select Retaining Wall System.

Project: Mt. Nebo Road
Department of Public Works, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania


D'Appolonia Consultants - Brad Campbell, PE
Camber Construction Products Corporation - Richard A. Hill, PE

Contractors: Lang Construction Co.

Camber Construction Products Corporation

622 Feet of Roadway With a Steep

Slope"StoneWall SELECT's 64 lb units helped ease the problem of confined space, including a cliff-like drop at the highest part of the wall."
George R. Wochley

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Mt. Nebo Road - StoneWall SELECT Solves Numerous Problems

The finished project parallels I-279 coming towards Pittsburgh from the north and the wall is visible to tens of thousands of commuters per day. The aesthetics of the StoneWall SELECT wall are impressive and a substantial improvement over the wood tie walls that were visible before. This view of Mt. Nebo Road, from I-279, clearly illustrates the cliff above and the steep drop below.

StoneWall SELECT was chosen as the material for a retaining wall along I-279 near Pittsburgh. Mount Nebo Road, perched in the middle of a steep cliff, needed to be stabilized and widened. Engineers in Allegheny County, PA were challenged by this project, which had to comply with AASHTO Federal Highway standards, while isolating and keeping water away from the slide-prone red bed clay. In addition, they wanted a minimal amount of down time for the construction project.

The project required the removal of a failing wood tie retaining wall, which had resulted in landslide conditions. Overhead cables could be pulled, but not removed. This created obstacles that trucks and excavation equipment had to work around during the entire project. In addition, the steep slope both above and below the road further limited the working space. This required excavation from the top down all along the 622 foot length of the wall. A red bed clay layer had to be removed and the wall design adjusted so that the foundation was not in the red bed material. This layer behind the wall had to be kept as dry as possible to prevent small slides during construction.

StoneWall SELECT worked extremely well in this difficult situation. George Wochley of Camber Construction Products noted, “ The relatively light weight of the units helped speed up material handling and placement in this very limited space. And the superior connection interaction between the StoneWall SELECT facing and the geogrid helped speed design acceptance.”

“We completed this project in 1999, and paved directly to the back of the StoneWall SELECT units. The wall is performing as designed. No movement or settlement has occurred. The road carries extensive traffic and is in excellent condition through the area of this wall,” adds George Wochley.

The Mt. Nebo Road project used 9400 square feet of StoneWall SELECT with a maximum height of almost 20 feet.





All materials had to be conveyed from either the North or South in this confined working space; demanding the use of the smaller Bobcat equipment to handle materials and backfill. StoneWall SELECT's 64lb. units helped ease this problem.

Sand screenings were used for backfill in the reinforced zone of the wall. Manholes and drainage were placed as the wall progressed


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