Good enough never is. Technically, Sundt could have completed a project to repair 40 miles of unpaved tank training trails at Fort Bliss, from El Paso, Texas, to White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, on time and within budget using traditional methods. Instead, we developed an innovative way of placing the base course material so we could cost-effectively deliver the project ahead of schedule.
Typically, when placing base course material to form roads, a motor grader is used to create the road’s wide, flat surface. However, due to the open terrain and large amounts of materials that needed to be placed, we developed a system that enhanced production and allowed the materials to be placed at a much faster rate.
Instead of using a motor grader, crews retrofitted a bulldozer with a wider blade – one that was the same width as the road. Using a bulldozer with significantly more power than a motor grader allowed us to place and finish more base course material at a time. It also enabled us to complete sections of the road in one big push, rather than many small pushes with a motor grader.
Our approach to constructing the tank training trails reduced the project’s schedule, allowing the military to get back to training faster, and helped us complete the project under budget.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Fort Bliss Training Area Tank Trails Repair