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Reconstructing Nahant Beach Causeway's revetment in MA



The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation awarded a $20 million 3-year contract to Pihl Inc. for the Nahant Beach Rehabilitation Project in Nahant, Massachusetts in June 2010. A major part of the project was reconstruction of the deteriorated armored revetment system which protects the 2.4 km (1.5 mile) causeway and beachfront parking areas.


The new revetment design included 3 different armor stone configurations. The existing revetment would be removed and the sloped subgrade areas built up to the design elevations. MIRAFI® FW700 was selected as the “Geotextile Filter Fabric” to completely wrap the 15 cm (6 in) to 30 cm (12 in) layer of 2 cm (0.75 in) crushed stone bedding being placed under the armor stone. The overall 2.4 km (1.5 mile) revetment included sections of reinforced concrete seawall behind the heavy armor stone facing. The combination of MIRAFI FW700 geotextile-wrapped bedding stone, heavy armor stone and concrete seawall was designed to prevent erosion of the subgrade from tidal action and dissipate heavy wave impact during a major storm event.


Rebuilding of the revetment began in the fall of 2010, starting with the removal of the existing revetment and reshaping the subgrade slope for placement of the bottom layer of woven geotextile filter fabric. MIRAFI FW700 was selected for its excellent filtration, drainage and strength qualities. The specified thickness of crushed stone bedding was placed on MIRAFI FW700, then wrapped with a top layer of MIRAFI FW700. The armor stones which ranged in weight from 3.2 tons down to 2.4 km (1.5 miles) each, were then placed on MIRAFI FW700 in layers, from 0.7 m (2.3 ft) to 2.1 m (7 ft) thick depending on the revetment configuration. The 2.4 km (1.5 mile) revetment construction continued through 2010 and was completed in August of 2011.

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