The Industrial Park at Transalta project was designed for the reclamation of a former coal mine area for industrial development to bring jobs to the Lewis County area. After the coal mine was no longer in use, the 150 foot deep hole caused by the excavation was filled and a mountain of dirt was left in its place. To make the site usable as an industrial park, the objective of the project was to create two level pads on the site. To accomplish this, material from the center of the site was excavated down and embanked on the edges of the site. The center of the site was cut down 23 feet, and the edges of the site were raised as high as 38 feet from their pre-construction elevations. A new paved road was also added to provide access to the North and South pads.
A unique aspect of this project was the presence of subsurface boulders, some as large as 8 feet in diameter. These weighty rocks could not be moved with the excavators and haul trucks on site, so we rolled them out of the way with our JD 1050K dozer.