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A lot of factors contribute to road damage during the snow season. While some are unavoidable like time, traffic, temperature and precipitation, others are avoidable – at least to an extent.
Damage becomes worse when you use low-bid snow plow blades that are poorly made and don’t do your road surface any favors. Here are some things you can avoid in order to decrease pavement deterioration and keep your road maintenance and repairs down next spring.
Let’s be honest. Low-bid blades are the worst. In fact, that only thing that worse than low-bid blades is probably spring and summer road maintenance.There are several steps you can take to decrease the amount of road maintenance in your district. Above all, you can ditch low-bid blades. But you can also double-chec k other elements like your attack angle.
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!
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.