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WV Pipeline Trench Breakers


  • The contractor needed pipeline pads and pillows for 1,400 feet of pipeline on a 58-degree hillside in rural West Virginia in challenging weather conditions.
  • Traditional Solutions, such as sandbags, were difficult to transport, and presented long-term risk due to erosion and decay of sandbags over time
  • Installation and labor safety concerns over constant rain and severe erosion of freshly turned earth


  • The contractor selected the Strata-Fil24-023Trench Break polyurethane
  • Winched small box truck up the mountain to construct the hand-sprayed ‘pads and pillows’ with an impingement gun
  • Material could be installed during inclement weather, due to fast cure time and minimal labor requirements

Success by Design

  • Fast Cure Time
  • Achieves great lift thickness without scorching or splitting
  • High Resistance to Solvents and Low Water Absorption
  • Environmentally Inert
  • Small Project Footprint
  • Conformability to voids and cavities
  • Small Installation Team