Laubscher Meadows is a landfill located north of Evansville, IN which is owned and operated by Republic Services. Weaver Consultants Group has worked with Republic Services over the years in developing and maintaining the landfill while acheiving compliance with state regulations. With plenty of capacity to meet customer demands for over 23 years, the current need became covering soil to keep the landfill serviceable for its remaining life. Weaver Consultants Group was contacted to help provide a long-term solution that was both effective and cost-efficient. Our multi-disciplinary team worked together to identify and evaluate several alternative properties for cost, quantity of soil, proximity, transportation, and environmental concerns. The analysis of alternaitves yielded a best fit solution involving a new 50-acre off-site soil borrow area that would provide near 2,000,000 cubic yards of borrow material.
After finding a best fit solution, our team was tasked to develop a transportation plan for hauling the earthen materials from the borrow site to the landfill. This plan required safely blending heavy earth moving trucks with existing traffic patterns at an intersection with a local county road. Every dollar spent on transportation would directly impact Republic’s per yard cost of the borrow soil and the overall operational budget. A traffic study was performed and preliminary plans were developed which our team presented before the County Council to obtain approval for the transportation plan. With Council approval, our team then began the design process for the proposed haul road. This work entailed site evaluations, survey coordination, geotechnical investigation, geometric design, pavement design, and plan production. Future phases of this project, which are scheduled to be implemented over the next two to three years, will consist of detailed engineering and environmental services required for final design, development, and operation of the borrow area. Weaver Consultants Group has produced a cost-effective, lasting solution for a valued client through our applied expertise in the fields of solid waste, environmental, geotechnical, and civil engineering. This solution not only translates into decades of benefits for our client, but also for the environment and the community as well.