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What is a Soldier Pile Retaining Wall?

Soldier Pile Retaining Walls feature vertical wide flange steel beams, often referred to as H or I beams, with horizontal lagging placed between the steel. Construction of soldier pile walls generally has a straightforward process and allows for onsite adjustments making it a common and relatively cost effective option for hillside stabilization.  Typically we drill holes, set the beams, encase them in concrete, place lagging, install a french or curtain drain behind the wall, backfill, and compact the soil. 


What are the Benefits of a Soldier Pile Retaining Wall?

  • Cost-effective: Soldier pile retaining walls are relatively cost-effective compared to other types of retaining walls. They are often used in situations where other types of retaining walls are not practical due to cost or site constraints.
  • Flexibility: Soldier pile retaining walls can be designed to accommodate changes in the ground profile, such as slopes or varying soil conditions. They can be constructed to different heights, widths, and shapes, and can be adapted to fit almost any site condition.
  • Speed of construction: Soldier pile retaining walls are quick to construct, as they do not require extensive excavation or foundation work. They are also relatively easy to maintain and repair.
  • Versatility: Soldier pile retaining walls can be used for a variety of applications, including slope stabilization, erosion control, and as temporary support during excavation or construction work.
  • Aesthetics: The use of timber or precast concrete lagging can give a soldier pile retaining wall an attractive appearance that blends in with the surrounding environment.