Techniques for Assessing and Mitigating Longwall Subsidence Effects on Interstate Highways

  • Yi Luo
  • Jian YangEmail author
  • Hua Jiang


Surface subsidence induced by underground coal mining activities, especially longwall mining operations, can cause various problems to interstate highways ranging from structural integrity, drivability to safety. Accurate subsidence prediction, correct influence assessments, and effective mitigation measures are the keys to ensure the safety of highway traffic. The surface subsidence prediction program, called comprehensive and integrated subsidence prediction model (CISPM), was developed based on the principle of influence function method and has been validated with a large number of subsidence measurements. In this paper, the techniques to use the predicted final surface movements and deformations for assessing their influence on the integrity and functionality of highway structures (e.g., road surface pavements, concrete slabs, transverse joints, etc.), vehicle dynamics, comfort level, and drivability are presented. A number of mitigation measures to protect the highway structures and to ensure traffic safety are proposed along with an application case.


Longwall mining Subsidence effects Interstate highways Assessment and mitigation techniques 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mining EngineeringWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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