Smith-Midland to Supply Precast Sound Wall Products for Virginia DOT Road Projects

Smith-Midland Corporation Civil Wall Solutions and Shirley Contracting have selected Smith-Midland to supply precast sound wall products for two major Virginia Department of Transportation road projects that are currently underway. The Route 29-Route 250 Interchange in Charlottesville and the Interstate 66 widening project near Chapman's Mill will both facilitate traffic flow without disrupting nearby historic and residential areas.

Smith-Midland will supply 47,751 square feet (379 panels) of precast sound wall and retaining wall for the Route 29-Route 250 Interchange improvement project in Charlottesville, Va. The company's sound wall combines the unmatched strength and durability of precast concrete with finishes designed to match the surrounding environment. Smith-Midland will also provide 3,716 linear feet (104 total) of pre-stressed posts for the project.

Scheduled for completion in March, the project will feature SoftSound™ sound absorptive concrete with a dry stack stone form liner finish on the highway side, and a stamped dry stack stone finish on the residential side to meet historic Charlottesville's aesthetic requirements.

A superior sound absorptive technology, SoftSound is a proprietary material molded and compressed to meet the desired technical and aesthetic requirements. It combines highly specialized mineralized wood-chip aggregate using cement as a binder in a specific and exacting manufacturing process. Once installed, SoftSound surpasses other products for sound absorption, durability, strength, and moldability.

Situated between Haymarket and Gainesville, Va., the Interstate 66 widening project will incorporate 240,000 square feet (1,035 panels) of precast sound wall and 13,644 linear feet (637 total) of pre-stressed posts. Started in January and scheduled for completion in May, the project also features SoftSound sound-absorptive concrete finished with a simulated stone form liner. When complete, the wall will match the nearby historic Chapman's Mill.

"We're pleased to be involved with these sound wall projects in Virginia's historic areas, where our precast products and finishes not only fulfill functional needs," said Matthew Smith, Smith-Midland's Vice President of Sales and Marketing, "but also meet the aesthetic requirements of our state's highly-valued historic cities and towns."


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