“What are soldier pile retaining walls?”

Soldier pile retaining walls (aka a soldier pile wall) are constructed to prevent the lateral movement of soil. They accomplishe this through the use of steel beams and lagging. These walls are typically used where there is a sudden change in elevation, such as the steep embankment along U.S. Route 66.

A common use of these walls is in the occurrence of landslides. They are constructed by drilling open shafts, placing a steel beam in the holes, filling the holes to a certain elevation with concrete, and then placing lagging between the beams up to the ground elevation. The spacing between the beams is approximately 6′- 8′, and the lagging used can be timbers or concrete panels.

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Soldier pile retaining wall diagram
Drilling the foundation for a retaining wall