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RE: Precast box culvert/tunnel - watertight seal?

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You are correct in that suggestion - we will be utilizing some extension of
the bottom flange, but are also minimizing excavation for a quick install.
This is in an area with priority of minimizing interruption to commuter rail

-----Original Message-----
From: Rex Donahey [mailto:rdonahey(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, February 08, 2001 11:51 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Precast box culvert/tunnel - watertight seal?

I would think that you want to minimize the section weights for precast.
Why not provide extensions of the bottom slab to pick up overburden weight?

Watertight seals might be obtained by post-tensioning the segments together
after installation.  I would guess that the joints could be treated in a
manner similar to those used on a post-tensioned segmental bridge.  Don't
they often incorporate an epoxy packing?

Rex C. Donahey
Composite Technologies Corp

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Pilarski [mailto:PPilarski(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, February 08, 2001 12:24 PM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: Precast box culvert/tunnel - watertight seal?

I'm working on a project whose direction is to utilize a box culvert for a
pedestrian tunnel.  Precast construction is the forecast as the most
economical.  However, the water table is or may be high in the area at

Buoyancy will be resolved with added section weight. What suggestions are
there for providing a watertight seal in such a tunnel? Other tunnel
options/suggestions? TIA.


Paul J. Pilarski
HNTB Corporation
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