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Hickman in Fulton County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Hickman Bluff Stabilization Project

1996 - 2000

 
 
Hickman Bluff Stabilization Project Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 17, 2009
1. Hickman Bluff Stabilization Project Marker
Inscription.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Memphis District

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell
Congressional Sponsor

Mayors of Hickman
Judy C. Powell
John P. Shuff
Richard H. White, M.D.

Project Design: D'Appolonia, Inc.
Prime Contractor: Schunbel Foundation Co.
Subcontractor: Coffey Construction Co.

After a century of instability, erosion of Hickman Bluff caused the closing of Magnolia Street and reached the point of threatening several public structures, including the town's water supply. When initial efforts to stabilize the bluff proved unsuccessful, city officials requested that the federal government intervene. U.S. Senator Mich McConnell drafted legislation directing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to assess the situation and implement a solution. McConnell also secured more than $17 million in federal funding for the effort. The City of Hickman was the local sponsor and provided rights-of-way for the work.

The soil nails anchor the shotcrete facing to the bluff. Other features include surface and sub-surface drainage systems to eliminate instability caused by surface and ground water movement, and 26 deep anchors, 233 feet in length, and a shotcrete reaction beam which supports the load of the reconstructed corner of the bluff above. The corner of the bluff was reconstructed with
Hickman Bluff Stabilization Project Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 17, 2009
2. Hickman Bluff Stabilization Project Marker
using a light-weight aggregate fill reinforced with geogrid and faced with limestone riprap.

Bluff instability and bank caving threatened a critical section of Hickman

The resulting stabilization project used an innovative soil-nailing and shotcrete facing technology. Each soil nail is an epoxy coated 45-foot long reinforcing bar.

After placement, workers grout the nails into place.
 
Location. 36° 34.313′ N, 89° 11.119′ W. Marker is in Hickman, Kentucky, in Fulton County. Marker is on Magnolia Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located behind the Hickman Library. Marker is in this post office area: Hickman KY 42050, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Elvis J. Stahr, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Rufus B. Atwood (within shouting distance of this marker); Courthouse Steps (approx. half a mile away); Where Dixie Begins (approx. half a mile away); Fulton County (approx. half a mile away); Casey Jones (approx. 8.6 miles away); Confederate Bivouac (approx. 8.6 miles away but has been reported missing); New Madrid Earthquake (approx. 9.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hickman.
 
More about this marker. On the marker are photos of
The Bluff Stabilization image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 17, 2009
3. The Bluff Stabilization
the bluff erosion and stabilization measures employed.
 
Also see . . .  Soil Nails. Details the use of this recently developed form of erosion control. (Submitted on April 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
Bayou du Chien and the Old River Channel image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 17, 2009
4. Bayou du Chien and the Old River Channel
Looking beyond the bluff at the swamp formed by Bayou du Chien entering the old Mississippi River channel.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,226 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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