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Boulevard Drainage
Aldie, Virginia

Stone Ridge is only one of many developments springing up in Virginia just west of DC. Fairfax, Reston, Chantilly, and points west have been feeling the pressure of DC sprawl for some time now. Communities that have been settled and rural since colonial times such as Aldie, Middleburg and others along the Route 50 corridor are recently starting to feel the pressures that come with being in the path of development.

Developers have worked with these communities and with the state to develop communities that reflect the look and feel of their colonial predecessors. Aldie’s Stone Ridge features homes with a southern colonial feel, making liberal use of brick, stone, columns, and wide grassy boulevards. Developers sought to keep the construction phases brief and the disruptions minimal.

In the early spring of ’06 Stone Ridge neared the end of its construction phase. Developers were eager to finish the last phases of construction and sales so that they could hand maintenance responsibilities over to the Home Owners Associations. They were unsettled by a curve ball thrown their way by the Virginia Department of Transportation. D.O.T. informed formed them that all of the boulevards needed to include subsurface drainage systems such as French drains. The DOT was concerned that irrigation and rainfall on the landscaped islands might intrude under the adjacent streets.

With neatly landscaped boulevards in place, developers were reluctant to disrupt them and destroy the finished look. KT Enterprises, the contracted landscaper for the project, suggested a Multi-Flow drainage system as the solution. KT had worked with Multi-Flow previously on athletic field installations and had experienced the simplicity of installation as well as the total effectiveness of the system. The narrow Multi-Flow profile would cause minimal surface disruption but its tall face would provide generous drainage capacity. The Virginia DOT approved of the Multi-Flow solution since they had previous experience with Multi-Flow as a highway drainage product.

KT was given the green light for this solution in early April and asked to have the project completed by Memorial Day. Aside from a few conflicts with the irrigation system and several rain delays, the project proceeded smoothly. 18-inch Multi-Flow was selected for the project primarily because of the large intercept area it provides. A 24-inch trench was evacuated and after installing the Multi-Flow, the trench was backfilled with clean coarse sand. A single tractor-mounted Ditch Witch trencher and three workers were able to install up to 1200 feet of 18-inch Multi-Flow per day. Over 10,000 feet of subsurface drainage was in place and grass had begun to grow back over the scarcely noticeable trenches well before Memorial Day. Potential residents and curious sightseers were largely unaware of the remedial drainage project.

Multi-Flow was a solution that satisfied all parties:

• The developers were relieved because it was a fast, affordable solution to their problem.

• KT was pleased because the project ran smoothly and it afforded them a chance to provide a much needed service for a valuable customer.

• The DOT was satisfied because they had the necessary drainage required to protect the substantial investment made in the streets.

 
Stone Ridge is a residential community in Aldie Virginia. Like many communities in the DC area, it has experienced substantial and rapid growth recently.
 
Stone Ridge tries to duplicate something of the style and feel of the preexisting northwest Virginia landscape.
 
K. T. Enterprises recommended Multi-Flow drainage to meet the state mandate. Multi-Flow was chosen because it is a very effective drainage product and because it could be installed with a trencher.
 
K.T. selected 18 inch Multi-Flow because it will intercept a lot of water, preventing it from infiltrating the street, and because it can be installed in long runs due to its flow capacity.
 
When the crew left the job site, the only reminder of their work was a narrow scar along the curb.
 
Full restoration was achieved before the Memorial Day weekend house shopping rush.