[permaculture] Re: pothole fixes

THEDRINGS at telefonica.net THEDRINGS at telefonica.net
Sat Apr 10 05:21:01 EDT 2004

Many thanks for the very comprehensive information.  

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----- Mensaje Original -----
De: "Albert Postema" <postema at nwlink.com>
Fecha: Sábado, Abril 10, 2004 9:23 am
Asunto: [permaculture] Re: pothole fixes

> Greetings Dominic,
> Potholes,  potholes, no easy solution
> Going on the assumption that the roadway, is not asphalt, 
> has a gravel base of some sort
> and has potholes therein, the best way is to regrade. 
> With care taken
> to loosen the soil around the pothole edges.
> If the potholes are just filled, they will show back up very shortly.
> Due to the "looseness" of the fill material in the potholes
> and the "non adhesive" interface of the fill - pothole mix.
> On badly potholed roadways (24" diameter, 6" depth)
> we will take a dozer with a ripper attachment and scour the roadway
> to loosen all the roadway base material, regrade, and provide 
> compaction of some form (wheel rolling typically with loaded truck).
> Doing this during dry weather is very preferable and drain or 
> scoop all water 
> out of potholes prior to regrading.  A tractor with a keyline plow 
> couldwork as well. The key being to loosen the material around the 
> pothole, so all material will recompact at the same rate.
> Otherwise the potholes will be back in a month or so.
> Scouring the entire roadway, regrading and new gravel placement  
> (2-3" thick)
> would set you good for 6 months or so, before new potholes start 
> forming.(figuring 30- 40 vehicle trips per day)
> The most efficient way to keeping your gravel roadway, driveway 
> etc. 
> from the pothole pizza scenario's is frequent minor maintenance.
> Once a month or when a pothole starts to form, fill with a fine 
> gravel. And or regrade. We do regrading for some local 
> associations twice a year. (May, Nov.)
> A small chipped or fractured material with fines works best for 
> filling potholes. 
> If you let potholes go, they
> will devolp into bigger problems. The adage, " a ounce of 
> prevention is worth a 
> pound of cure" is very pothole applicable.
> Call some local contractors and ask for bids, make sure you 
> compare apples to apples. Estimated time: 1km x 3m of roadway 
> scouring 3.5-5hr dozer... regrading and spread gravel  3.5-5hr.  
> If they do not talk about "breaking" up the pothole edges, go get 
> some other opinions, they probably are not as experienced or aware.
> Form a pothole committee with alternating bi- weekly "pothole 
> parades" among the roadway users ie; walk the roadway with a rake. 
> Hopefully this information is helpfull.
> Best regards
> Albert Postema
> Earthwise Excavation     100% Biodiesel powered
> Snohomish, Washington State
> www.fromthegrounddown.com
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