The Tauranga Eastern Link (TEL) is a major road construction project conducted by the New Zealand Transport Agency and contracted to Fulton Hogan HEB Construction Alliance for the design and construction. The project comprises 23 km of four lane highway in New Zealand’s Western Bay of Plenty.

Construction of the TEL has required a significant amount of ground stabilization, due to the abundant alluvial silts and peat which characterize the area. These saturated soils need to be consolidated to provide a firm, stable platform for construction equipment and the construction of the roadway and associated bridges. A big part of the stabilization works involved the use of wick drains to speed up the soil consolidation processes and gain an increase in soil shear strengths.

CeTeau® wick drain was chosen by the client as the preferred product.

Picture courtesy of Fulton Hogan HEB Alliance.

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