Emergency Assistance Project on SR 88 in Millsboro, PA

Earlier this year Brayman received a request from PennDOT for emergency assistance with a project along Ten Mile Creek in Millsboro, PA. The project involved repairing a retaining wall slide that was dangerously threatening the safety of motorists along SR88. The Department of Transportation requested Brayman's assistance, since we were in close proximity at the Masontown Bridge and had a river fleet of equipment and good quality workforce.

We were quick to respond and assist in the development of a wall design and operational plan. Our team prevented a major arterial roadway from sliding into Ten Mile Creek. If the roadway had slipped into Ten Mile Creek, it would have required SR88 to close and detour traffic for more than 35 miles.

The conditions of the roadway were so poor that when Brayman began driving and drilling on the new anchored soldier beam wall, sections of the road actually collapsed and exposed giant sinkholes in the roadway. If the state had waited or delayed construction any longer, the outcome could have been very different.

The new wall was constructed of 93 soldier beams, 93 pairs of sheet piles, and 62 multi-strand earth anchors for a total combined structure length of 415'. Brayman's robust labor force and fleet of equipment safely completed the first phase of the job in time to meet the Thanksgiving milestone date. The project was completed and opened to traffic on May 6, 2014.