Wagman Geotechnical Construction Project

Potters Mills, Route 322

  • Location

    Potters Mills, PA

  • Duration

    July 2018 – May 2019

  • Owner

    PennDOT District 2-0

Wagman’s Geotechnical Construction group supplied the geotechnical construction needs for the Potters Mills project in Centre County, Pa. The $4.68M project consisted of the widening and realignment of state Route 322. The contract was for a design-build of approximately 50,000 SF of soil nail slope treatment with wire mesh, nearly 12,000 SF of temporary support of excavation and installation of roughly 40,000 SF of rock fall mesh. With the project complete, it relieves congestion from what has been a natural bottleneck for decades, and bypasses an intersection that has been busy and difficult to navigate.

Key Challenges & Project Details

  • Heavily traveled roadway. The project is located on a major access road to Penn State University.
  • Project features include three soil nail walls, two rock fall mesh walls and two temporary support of excavation walls.
  • Difficult access on steep slopes. Wagman and the general contractor managed to excavate and dig two rows of nails at once to create a large enough bench and ramp to access the work area on the project.