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podcast 186: A Good Road, part 2

 
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Paul Wheaton talks to Neil Bertrando about the book, “A Good Road Lies Easy on the Land,” by Paul Zeedyk, which fits well with keyline design. They talk about berms, and good or bad places to put a road. It is good to put roads somewhere called the “tow slope,” which is also a good place to put a house. They talk about velocity of water and the sediment it can move. Neil talks more about induced meandering, and using it to keep the water in the landscape longer. Paul talks about how he doesn’t like floodplains. They talk about bad “fixes” to rivers, channeling water. They talk about soil content for a good road. Paul talks about putting gravel back on his road every spring after scraping it away in the snow. They talk about road shapes – crowned, in-sloped, and out-sloped. Paul likes the idea of having trees by the road. They talk about drainage and various kinds of ditches by the side of the road. They talk about how wider roads require more input. They talk about “flat is bad.” They talk about plants you can plant amongst gravel, such as wild chamomile (pineapple weed) or Japanese Knotweed.

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i'm loving the discussion and info on the road building but I have a question (maybe could be discussed)

I live in a valley bottom..not the best place to put a road. Early roads here were built with logs and then covered with soil..I was wondering is there any information on building roads with logs where it is wettish, or with other material that is available on the property without having to bring in outside materials? Esp on a very limited budget. And also information on maybe removing materials which might create a small pond, and then using the materials over such logs or other vegetation to build up the roads.

There are lots of old log roads in this area.
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