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Railway ballast geogrids focus of AREMA’s Tensar tour

Industry News | February 4, 2022 | By:

With railway ballast geogrids on their minds, AREMA Committee 1 members will tour Tensar International Corp.’s plant Feb. 8.

Tensar railway ballast geogrids in place during construction of a rail line. Photograph courtesy of Tensar International Corp.

American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA)  Committee 1 members will tour the Tensar International Corp. plant in Morrow, Ga., on Feb. 8 starting at 8 a.m. The committee members are interested in Tensar’s railway ballast geogrids. 

More than 50 members of AREMA Committee 1 (Roadway & Ballast committee) will learn how next-generation geogrids are being designed and deployed to dramatically enhance rail infrastructure performance, safety and life-cycle costs. The committee is made up of some of the rail industry’s top personnel, contractors, consultants and suppliers. This group is responsible for the development and publication of recommended practices related to: 

  • Preliminary exploration, testing, design, construction and maintenance of railway roadbeds. This includes soil stabilization, retaining structures and drainage. 
  • Ballast types and sections 
  • Culvert types, installation and inspection 
  • Utility installation on railway rights-of-way by railways or others 
  • Fencing and roadway signs 
  • Vegetation control 
  • Tunnel design and excavation, not including lining the tunnel, which is the responsibility of Committee 8 
  • Geosynthetic materials for railway applications, including railway ballast geogrids

The goal of this tour is, first and foremost, to educate key decision-makers in our industry about the importance of identifying proven, high-quality, long-lasting materials to better stabilize and sustain more resilient railways. Hosting AREMA leaders is a way for us to emphasize the good news that the best products for the job are made right here in America.

Don Herbert, Tensar rail market manager

This article originally appeared on the Tensar Americas Blog.

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