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Soil Filled Rock Slope Protection (Nonstandard)
What is This Treatment?
This work consists of placing 1/4 ton Rock Slope Protection (RSP) on slopes, placing plants between the rocks, and backfilling with topsoil. The soil backfill provides for the establishment of shallow rooted plants including annuals, perennials, willow cuttings, grasses or plants that provide erosion control.
Note that placing RSP for slope protection is different than placing RSP for riverbank or shoreline protection. For information regarding using RSP to protect river and shorelines, please see Chapter 870 of the Highway Design Manual.
When to Use This Treatment?
- Typically used to repair failed cut slopes.
- Also use to provide vegetative habitat, cover, or visual mitigation of cut slopes.
- Use on slopes between 2:1 and 1.5:1 (H:V) when recommended by Caltrans Division of Engineering Services (DES) Office of Geotechnical Design.
- For slopes steeper than 2:1 (H:V) a Geotechnical Design Report should be prepared by Caltrans Division of Engineering Services (DES) Office of Geotechnical Design. In addition, a preliminary evaluation may be required.
- Maintains slope stability and prevents surface erosion, even where slopes feature subsurface water flows.
- Rock Slope Protection meets storm water permit requirements for "cover" but vegetation softens the visual impact of rock slopes, provides habitat, and provides additional long-term control of erosion.
- Plant roots provide additional biotechnical reinforcement of the slope.
- May require additional design time for coordination between landscape architects and geotechnical engineers.
- Requires space for heavy equipment access.
- Planting of willows or other deep rooted plants requires placement of biodegradable plant tubes (for roots) at the same time as the rocks are being placed
- Plant installation may be limited to the rainy season or require supplemental irrigation to effectively establish plants
Consider Using With:
This treatment may also include the following work:
Plans and Details:
- No Standard Plans or Details are available as Soil Filled RSP is designed on a project-specific basis.
- No estimate information is available.