Client Profile - Second Vetiver Trial of the Puerto Rico Highways Authority

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Back in October 2009, I wrote the post Vetiver in Defense of Road Embankments where I presented the first trial of the Puerto Rico Highways Authority with Vetiver or Road 30, near the town of Las Pideras.  The embankment, now populated by the vetiver and other plants, has proven stable over several significant weather events.

Now, a second trial project has been completed where 3400 plants complement the repair and stablilization work done on a segment of Road 856 in the town of Carolina. This landslide, caused by a strong weather event in 2010, required complex grading and reinforcing to ensure stability and proper drainage.  The construction work as well as the planting  was expertly performed by Constructora Harmann who were the contractors for the Road 30 project as well.

In our tropical, hilly island, landslides in road slopes are a frequent aftermath to extended rain events. The continued adoption of Vetiver by our goverment agencies will create contractors skilled in the Vetiver System that can provide this service at the public and private level. A full set of images can be seen in the slideshow below and in this Picasa album.


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