According to The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Statistics, 35% of all roads in the United States are unpaved as of 2012. That equates to 1.42 million miles of road!
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Staying safe when dealing with road maintenance is tough! Whether you are cleaning up potholes form a nasty winter or grading rural roads, hidden obstacles are everywhere! Here are five things to look for tips on how to stay safe when maintaining the roads in your area.
Gravel roads have 3 main elements.
- A crowned driving surface
- A shoulder area that slopes directly away from the edge of the driving surface
- A ditch
The basic shape of the cross section must be correct, or a gravel road will not perform well, even under very low traffic.
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), There are approximately 4,071,000 miles (6,552,000 km) of roads in the United States, with 2,678,000 miles (4,310,000 km) paved and 1,394,000 miles (2,243,000km) unpaved.
Keeping these roads in working condition requires a ton of maintenance. Depending on the health of the road, varying degrees of upkeep are required. Here are six types of road maintenance that can be used for each job.
A scarifier is used for tearing up pavement, or when a gravel road surface is too hard for a standard motor grader blade to cut through. It can also be used to break up packed ice and asphalt.Scarifying can be done by attaching extremely strong “teeth” to the grader that dig into hard surfaces without damaging the grader blade. It has 11 removable teeth that can be adjusted to cut a maximum depth of 12 inches. There are options to use both scarifier teeth and tools depending on the job.
Are you new to the industry or just confused by some of the road maintenance terminology? Here is a brief glossary of some of the more widely used terms in the road maintenance industry.
Gravel roads are farm to market roadways. As traffic has increased and gravel roads become more prevalent and are carrying larger loads it’s imperative to follow good maintenance protocol to keep roads safe and stable. You can think about gravel road maintenance in two categories: repairing and reshaping.
Pre-planning is immensely important to excavation work. No matter how many trenching, shoring and backfilling jobs you’ve completed in the past, it’s important to approach each new job with care and preparation.
Many on-the-job incidents result from inadequate initial planning. Having to correct mistakes in shoring or sloping mid-project slows down the operation, adds to the cost of the project and makes a cave-in or other excavation failure more likely.1
Here are our top planning tips for trenching jobs.
More than 50% of roads in America have a gravel surface, making them a critical part of our transportation system. A grading system can improve road surface, is easier on equipment, safer with less downtime in the field, more versatile and is more cost-effective.
Here are the top five reasons you should switch to a grading system.