The Concrete Network
Retaining Wall Diagram

Cantilever retaining walls are constructed of reinforced concrete. They consist of a relatively thin stem and a base slab. The base is also divided into two parts, the heel and toe. The heel is the part of the base under the backfill. The toe is the other part of the base.

  • Use much less concrete than monolithic gravity walls, but require more design and careful construction.
  • Generally economical up to about 25 ft. in height.
  • Can be precast in a factory or formed on site.