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Technical paper: Geotechnical aspects of the construction of Stafford Inner Relief Road

CR Fitt, MA, MICE. This paper was first published in GE’s September 1979 edition.


This article describes the geotechnical problems encountered during the construction of the Stafford Inner Relief Road. The scheme consisted of the construction of 1.3km of dual carriageway providing town centre relief for Stafford and also an outlet for abnormal loads up to 600 tonnes gross weight from GEC Ltd’s works.

The principle feature of the scheme was a 510m length of pile supported slabs where the route crossed an expanse of marshland. The site conditions in this marsh, as well as the engineering solution to constructing a road across it, and the unforeseen difrfculties encountered are discussed in detail. 

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