Hickman in Fulton County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Hickman Bluﬀ Stabilization Project
1996 - 2000
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell
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
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. Touch 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 (was approx. 8.6 miles away but has been reported missing. ); New Madrid Earthquake (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hickman.
More about this marker. On the marker
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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,311 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 29, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.