What's going to happen if a truck of crushed stone is dumped on a car?
This is second post on ER I have seen which shows failure of Gabion basket embankments. Perhaps the Russian engineers should read instructions.
It was not gabion basket what failed but the bridge concrete itself.
what do you mean they are not water proof?
They seem to be only as strong as the wire mesh (chicken wire) that retains the riprap.
The strength depends on a number of things INCLUDING the size and type of rock inside. Put the wrong type or size or amount of rock inside and you get trouble!
Why do the roads in war-torn Iraq look better than the Russian roads?
Because the Iraqi highway system was built by french and German engineers in the 70’s and 80’s with Iraq’s oil revenues. The Iraqi road network was built much like the Interstate system in the US, or the Autobahns in Germany. This is easy enough to build and maintain in a country which is primarily desert.
Russia, OTOH is pretty much like Northern Canada or Alaska, in the fact that it consists of a lot of bogs, marshes, and swampy land over permafrost. This stuff is an engineers nightmare for road building, as roads will require heavy maintenance every spring due to frost damage from the winter months.
Iraq doesn’t have ice like Russia.
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