The Nitty Gritty

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Emergency Bridge Underpinning: Choosing Micropiles

Unusually high rainfall left the town of Murphy, NC without running water, a damaged sewer, and devastated roadways.  The North Carolina Department of Transportation contacted URETEK MA to design and build micropiles to support the bridge.  Bridge #245 in Cherokee County, NC suffered structural damage from the rainfall, as the soil under the bridge abutment […]

Micropile Project Underway for Charlotte Area Transit System

Uretek Mid-Atlantic was contracted by the Charlotte Area Transit System (CAT’S) to install micropiles at their maintenance facility to support a new addition to the existing structure. Based off of the geotechnical report, Uretek was able to design a cost-effective alternative to the proposed foundation, saving the owner money in the process. The project is […]

Micropiles: The Who, What, When, Where, and Why

What Are Micropiles? Micropiles are relatively small diameter piles, typically no larger than 12” in diameter. This deep foundation system is drilled, grouted, and reinforced by a central steel core, a steel pipe casing, or a combination of these.  Micropiles are ideal for limited-access job sites, adjacent buildings, barriers, and unstable ground conditions (i.e. sinkholes, mines, […]

North Trade St. Load Test Team Uretek

Load Testing the Uretek Way

Uretek Mid-Atlantic was recently sub-contracted to design and build eleven micropiles for a Mast General Store and Apartment building in Winston-Salem, NC. Originally constructed in the early 1900’s, the structure is currently an empty office building.  The new micropiles will function as deep foundations on the exterior of the building to support a new pedestrian bridge, connecting the building […]