thomas rubino wrote:Heat up your existing road and your patch material until the oil starts flowing then smash them together.
This is how our enthusiastic county road crew occasionally attempts to do more than support their shovels.
Ralph Sluder wrote:I drive down over 6 miles of dirt to get to town, gravel sound very nice to me...fancy even.
Like D,A. said, counties have to spend the money based on traffic load etc.. Only a few people around me so pavement will never get here. (I hope)
R. Han wrote:What happens to those gravel stabilizers after one year? Those compunds don't sound really healty...do they make the dust more dangerous in the long run?
From a permie perspective, wouldn't it be more feasable to have the "natural" gravel road, and sufficient plants on either side of the road to catch the dust?
I ask this from a very naive perspective, because i have never been there and don't know how big the dust coulds get and how hard the wind blows.
edit: Another train of tought: if the problem is water underneath the road, maybe there are plants/earthworks who can wick the water away without damaging the roads?
Artie Scott wrote:I think if you point out the cost of converting that whole road to gravel compared to a few patches per year, you won’t be getting gravel anytime soon. Gravel is expensive!
Crozier wrote:The issue is that it doesn't directly deal with the dust. Dust can cause visibility issues, not to mention dust from gravel roads has some pretty negative health impacts from long term exposure which affect humans and animals. It has also been shown to have a negative impact on plant growth, and harmful to waterways. I have spoken with several landowners who have planted trees to deal with dust who noticed that during very dusty years the trees are noticeably stressed and have even died. By the way, companies that sell stabilizers use these facts to spin their products as being more eco friendly than natural gravel, which I don't really agree with (seems a bit like the "lesser of two evils" situation).
R. Han wrote:I think the trees DO deal with the dust. They trap it on their leaf surfaces until the next rain when it is washed down into the soil.
Furthermore there are trees who can handle a lot more than others.
For example the yew (taxus) is notorius for being abused and still surviving...very toxin-tolerant...to my knowledge the only conifer that sprouts back from
the ground after being cut down.
Also i find the idea that companies sell that salts are more environment friendly than trees almost comical if it wasn't so sad.
thomas rubino wrote:I go down to the restaurant's and get used fryer oil and dump it on the road. Completely legal to do as long as it is not puddled up.