The Wolf Creek Dam on the Cumberland River in southern Kentucky is nearly 2 km long and supports hydroelectric generation, flood control, navigation and recreational activities. Following discovery of regressive erosion in the underlying karsts, a contract was awarded to the Treviicos- Soletanche joint venture to rehabilitate the foundations of the dam.
US Army Corps of Engineers
USACE NASHVILLE DISTRICTUSACE Nashville District
TREVIICOS SOLETANCHE Joint venture
To solve the problem, the joint venture built a barrier wall behind a 52,000 sq. metre, 1.8 metre thick, 85 metre deep diaphragm wall. The 91,000 sq. metre barrier wall, which combines secant piles and Hydrofraise® panels, runs through the embankment and extends downwards through 50 m of clay and 35 m of rock.
The project, which won a Deep Foundations Institute award, was handed over in 2014 following four and a half years of work.