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RE: Ramps/Bridges over tree roots in pavement

Subject: RE: Ramps/Bridges over tree roots in pavement
From: Paul Smith
Date: Sep 14 2021 09:49:48
Hi Andrew,

With a little "thinking outside of the box", or rather acting outside of the 
box, that could be ramped over (the full expanse) effectively, albeit with an 
acceptance it may have to happen again in....5yrs(?) We did this on several 
occasions when I worked at Cheltenham as thankfully the Senior Highway 
Engineer was a tree lover.  

The LTOA produced some guidance on surfacing round trees so have a look at 
their website.  

PS I remember a visit to Seattle many years ago when the whole length of the 
footpath was raised alongside a line of Plane trees, you stepped up at one 
end and down at the other...obviously you would have ramp either end now.  

Kind regards,

Paul Smith
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Subject: Ramps/Bridges over tree roots in pavement

Hi All,

Is anybody aware of any technical guidance for building bridges or ramps over 
roots which have severely deformed pavements? The attached photo (if 
attachment has worked) will show that this is more than a shave and resurface 
job. The pavement rises by around 200mm from the surrounding levels at its 
highest point, and the crack on top creates a nice little trip hazard. 
Disabled access needs to be maintained, which is tricky, as the road is 
already on a gradient.

It is mentioned in this Barlett research 
( but I 
wondered if there was anything else?

Does anybody have any experience or examples they would share?


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