Sidewalk Undermining Studies: Final Report

Report No: 79-R40

Published in 1979

About the report:

The report summarizes some five years of studies on the highly expensive sidewalk undermining problem which plagues the Northern Virginia area. Included are studies of sidewalk replacement techniques, of the soils and geometric conditions contributing to undermining, and of the methods of ensuring that newly constructed sidewalks will be free of undermining. A series of recommendations directed at the development of revised construction specifications and design standards are included.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Kenneth H. McGhee

Last updated: January 26, 2024

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