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Eco-Friendly Erosion Control Around Construction Zones: How It Is Accomplished

Construction often changes the physical landscapes of both urban and rural places. In this process, the environment is not always fully protected. Even the best construction companies struggle to make their machines and equipment fully "green." Erosion during construction, for example, is one example of the problems facing construction companies. However, there are measures that these companies can take to create eco-friendly erosion control measures.

Piling and Tamping

Piling mud and dirt upwards should not be an uphill battle. On the contrary, dirt should be layered, building up in flat plains until a proper hill has been constructed. In between building these thin layers, a tamping machine is used to compress the dirt, squeeze out moisture, and level the growing (but flattened) hill.

Levees, Concrete Barriers, and Tree Lines

If a contractor is working on an incline, it is very likely that a lot of the soil, plants, and undergrowth will eventually dislodge and begin rolling down the incline. To prevent this, levees and concrete barriers are used to prevent too much of the natural surroundings from sliding away. The levees and barriers themselves are stuck fast to the ground via rebar and/or steel rods.

In the event that a wash-out or mudslide begins, it would have to push over the tops of these barriers and down through and underneath the barriers before the barriers themselves would be pushed free and fall down. Since this is a very unlikely event in most construction situations, the levees/concrete barriers are a good way to prevent erosion. If the construction company wants to be especially eco-friendly in this situation, they can plant trees in a line below the areas where construction is expected to begin. When the tree line is planted a month before the construction begins, the tree roots have had enough time to expand, take root, and hold down the soil.

Rockfall Barriers

If construction is taking place where rockfalls are common, rockfall barriers can help. These very strong, very tough catch-nets that can withstand several tons of falling rock. Natural erosion of rock is a common threat when construction crews are working on roadways in these areas. Vibrations from roadwork can speed up some of the natural process of falling rock, so the barriers can stop the rocks and help them settle before they fall too far and cost people their lives. The barriers also protect other people on the road and near the work site.

For more information, contact local professionals like Specialty Construction Supply.