Early in April, a large rock slide heavily damaged three tractor trailers and closed I-40 at the North Carolina/Tennessee border. North Carolina Department of Transportation crews partly cleared the slide and reopened I-40 to traffic within six hours, but the hillside of rock and mud was still unstable. A major clean-up was needed, and experience was a key requisite for its timely and successful completion. NCDOT hired Oman Construction Company of Nashville, Tennessee, to remove the remainder of the slide. The Tennessee contractor fashioned a homemade dragline to pull rock and mud down a steep roadside slope. A 300-ton crane lifted a dragline bucket made of a dozer track curled into a "U" around a scaling plate studded with bucket teeth. A wheel loader pulled the bucket, bringing unstable material down the hill.

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    Cahners Publishing Company

    275 Washington Street
    Newton, MA  United States  02158-1630
  • Authors:
    • Klemens, T L
  • Publication Date: 1989-9

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 46-47
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00488557
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1989 12:00AM