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Roads & Highways

From major highways to haul roads, Tensar’s geogrid technology is a proven solution to ground stabilization problems, increasing pavement life, repair and rehabilitation with highway improvements, helping you to control construction costs and build-in better performance life to your roads. Our 30 years of experience extends to the design and supply of reinforced soil bridge abutments, retaining walls and embankments, too.

Learn more about Building Better Pavements here.

Paved Roads

In combination with the Spectra System’s engineering and design services, cost-analysis tools and site assistance, TriAx Geogrid provides a simple, reliable and affordable solution for constructing flexible pavements that deliver both reduced construction cost and long-term value. TriAx Geogrid offers a proven performance benefit for paved roads by:

  • Reducing pavement component thickness – asphalt, aggregate base and granular subbase
  • Simplifying construction
  • Lowering long-term maintenance costs

TriAx Geogrid enables you to create durable and cost efficient engineered structures through the product’s unique structure and performance properties.

Find out more about our solutions for paved roadway structures.

Haul Roads

Weak subgrades pose the greatest challenge to the performance of an unpaved access or haul road. Left untreated, a weak subgrade subjected to continuous heavy traffic will quickly deform, causing the road surface to rut, pothole, “washboard” and ultimately deteriorate beyond use.

Tensar TriAx Geogrids are designed to reduce construction induced or in-service stresses applied to weak subgrades. Geogrid and aggregate interlock to create a mechanically stabilized layer (MSL) to evenly distribute the load, increasing bearing capacity and ensuring longer-term stability and performance. The use of geogrids has also demonstrated effective separation and filtration properties, inhibiting movement to confine the subgrade when properly graded aggregate fill is used. While geotextiles provide separation and filtration functions, their abilities to confine aggregate are inferior to geogrids.*

Find out more about our solutions for unpaved roadway structures.

* Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers. 2003. Use of Geogrids in Pavement Construction, Engineering Technical Letter 1110-1-189.

Alleviating the Maintenance Burden

With a mechanically stabilized layer a road’s service life can be extended by a factor of three or more, reducing long-term maintenance costs. In fact, it has been estimated that a reduction in road and rehabilitation cost can produce over 50% savings on annual maintenance budgets for flexible pavements, reducing the need for additional highway construction. Tensar’s asphalt reinforcement systems are designed to tackle pavement problems, such as reflective and fatigue cracking.

Resurfacing Pavements

Where existing paved roadways are prone to reflective or fatigue cracking and require resurfacing, Tensar’s GlasGrid Asphalt Reinforcement System and GlasPave Asphalt Reinforcement System can be the perfect solution, able to be laid over most existing surfaces. GlasGrid can inhibit cracking and the composite products reinforce. Moreover, GlasPave can also provide a low permeability barrier to the deleterious effects of water infiltration, further extending the pavement life and reducing future maintenance costs. 



Tensar International offers state-of-the-art design solutions that can be used to create stable foundations for paved and unpaved road construction.

Tensar has the answer for retaining walls and steep road embankments, too

Many highway projects involve creating walls, road embankments, bridge abutments and other features. Tensar also has extensive experience in these areas, with specific systems for the construction of walls and embankments as well as erosion protection.

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