[Homestead] Gravel driveway and grading
erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Tue Feb 2 20:10:16 EST 2010
I did not know about the road fabric, thanks!
Just for clarity, it is not washing around the culvert, the road bed (on
the tire tread path) washes away to expose the culvert underneath.
Thgat fabric might work there, too, and would be much lighter in weight
than steel. It would not distribute the weight, but it might hold the
underlaying soil in place so that the surface gravel has a nice 'bed'.
Thanks Gloria-and it is good to 'see' you again!
Gloria Morris wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 6:11 PM, EarthNSky <erthnsky at bellsouth.net> wrote:
>> 1. Our driveway has become a school bus turnaround and this has created
>> a perennial depression in the driveway on what is technically the right
>> of way next to the road. What is the best way to slow down the packing
>> down of the gravel and the 'digging' that happens when those big wheels
> There are road fabrics you can lay down under the gravel in high use
> areas to reduce the wear. This will increase the expense of the
> repair, but from what I'm told by those in road construction, it will
> slow the packing and digging issues and extend times between repairs.
> This should help with problem 3 below as well.
>> 2. Our driveway crosses the dry creek/creek over a couple of 3 ft
>> diameter culverts. The 'roadbed' is gradually built up, but the soil
>> and gravel always washes away and exposes the culvert in the roadbed.
>> It is only a matter of time before something heavy crushes that culvert
>> and someone gets hurt. I've thought about adding steel plate to spread
>> out the load, but that really won't stop the erosion at the culvert.
> Rip rap placed along the sides of the road, where it slopes down to
> the culvert entrance, and where the washing is a problem, will
> significantly reduce erosion issues.
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