Lakefront Home Adds a Geocell Cart Path

A GEOWEB® stabilized cart path and a seven-foot retaining wall improves this private lakefront property’s accessibility issues.

Project Details

Sector: Residential

Location: Louisa, Virginia

Partners: JR Monolo Trucking

Critical Products: 4″ GEOWEB® Geocell

About the Project

Lake Anna is a freshwater reservoir that covers roughly 13,000 acres in Central Virginia. The lake community is a close drive from Northern Virginia and Washington DC as well as Richmond and Charlottesville.

This property owner has a lakefront home that sits on top of a hill plus a boat house at the bottom. The family had difficulty accessing the boat house because the slope was so steep and unstable. They wanted to improve their property so that multiple generations could safely and easily and safely access the lake. It was important for the solution to be functional and blend naturally into the environment.

The Solution

The final design involved reducing the slope in order to add a geocell stabilized cart path and a block retaining wall.

The first step was to scale back the slope’s steep 2:1 grade which covered about 85 feet from home to lake.

In order to lessen the pitch of the down slope, Rob Monolo from Monolo Trucking proposed they cut back the land and move the excavated soil to the bottom of the hill which would become a parking area for golf carts.

After vegetation was removed, Monolo made an 11′ x 9′ cut into the slope. The cut began 350 feet from the top driveway and extended down the hill to the proposed flat landing. The excavated soil was moved to the landing which was graded to create a 15′ x 15′ flat parking lot. The slope’s grade was reduced to 2.5:1 after the hill was cut.

After excavating the cart path, the bottom of the slope was hard armored with large rip rap stone. On the backside of the path, Monolo built a seven-foot block retaining wall to support the upper yard and provide structure above the cart path.

We recommended Monolo install Presto Geosystem’s GEOWEB® Geocell for the cart path. We recommended geocell because the cellular confinement system would provide subgrade support as well as optimal drainage.

3,220 square feet of four-inch GW30V was installed and pinned into place with 12” ATRA® Stake Clips. ATRA® Keys were used to connect the 14 GEOWEB® panels. The GEOWEB® cellular confinement system was filled with decorative #87 stone that was compacted and leveled to provide a stable cart path. 

The completed cart path wraps from the top of the house, past the retaining wall and lookout landing and arrives at the boat house parking lot. Now the family has a safe and stabilized pathway to fully utilize the entire lakefront property for years to come.

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