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raschmid07
12-04-2007, 05:30 PM
Hey guys, you all might remember a thread I started about completing a gravel road on a property. Thanks to your help, I finished the project without any problems and it turned out pretty well. Finals start next week and I have some time off, so I figured I would post some pictures so you could see how it turned out. Feel free to critique it and give me any new ideas on how it could have been better. To give everybody a little background on the project, I had to go through and cut down all the overgrowth on the sides of the road and hills, cutting down a few trees in the process. We then brought in a S250 and regraded a large portion of the road, helping with some drainage issues. Then we brought in 80 tons of 3/4" gravel, for around 600 ft. of road. There was still another 1100 ft. of road that we didn't do at this time because the client just wanted to clear up the entrance. We used the S250 the next couple days to clear out property and move around some dead trees. The property is 8 acres in one of the nicest neighborhoods in Knoxville, the road is simply a way to navigate around the property while it is for sale.

bobcat_ron
12-04-2007, 06:35 PM
That is a work of art, the way the driveway keeps the imagination busy and all.

And smart truckers drive Macks.

P.Services
12-04-2007, 06:48 PM
no base under the drive? should be on 2''-4'' crushed with the 21aa on top of that.

Scag48
12-04-2007, 07:11 PM
no base under the drive? should be on 2''-4'' crushed with the 21aa on top of that.

You must be joking...Use your brain, obviously this isn't a highly travelled driveway, it'll be just fine.

cat2
12-04-2007, 08:03 PM
how you like the bobcat

Tigerotor77W
12-04-2007, 08:14 PM
Haha, cat2, you stole my question!

P.Services
12-04-2007, 08:19 PM
its going to be a well used drive some day so why the heck wouldnt you just put down the 2-4's to save money and then the 21aa after. what a pain when the new owner has to scrape up that to start over and do it right. or leave it how it is and redoit in five years when its mixed with mud and dirt.

Fieldman12
12-04-2007, 08:45 PM
The proper way would be to remove the sod and then come in with a good base especially since some of it is hilly and then top it off with smaller gravel. Hills tend to wash easy and also since it is close to the trees means less sunlight so it will be allot wetter there and mushy ground. A person could put down the gravel as stated above and get by but you will have road repairs down the road. Looks like a nice job done though. We also got to remember though that some owners are not willing to spend what it takes to do a job the correct way. I personally dont like doing things not the correct way but at times you have to do what it takes to make the customer happy. I just tell them up front this is what you can expect if you wish to do it this way.

P.Services
12-04-2007, 08:49 PM
The proper way would be to remove the sod and then come in with a good base especially since some of it is hilly and then top it off with smaller gravel.

i agree, i was going to say that about cutting out the sod and topsoil but figured it was just to save the money.

Gravel Rat
12-04-2007, 08:54 PM
I don't see any problem the way that job was done. Scrape the loon**** off the top put some gravel on top it will last a long time. You start disturbing the grade too much it will turn into a muddy mess. All you want to do is scrape the grass and brown dirt off. Could take a 1000lb plate compactor to pack the new gravel or let it pack itself with vehical traffic.

If you put the gravel on thick enough it may not need another layer in a couple years.

A driveway like that is nothing compared to the goat trails around here. If that was a driveway used every day probably consider concrete it. When it was grass I imagine it was a 4x4 only road. Wet grass is slippier than snot :laugh:

raschmid07
12-04-2007, 09:13 PM
Thanks for the replies guys. As scag48 noticed, the driveway is only temporary. The 8 acres is going to be seperated into 3 different homesites, so the owner pretty much only wanted a driveway that would allow for people to check out the property. We took a couple of inches of the junk off the whole road, so it wasn't such a messy base. In terms of the Bobcat, I liked the K-series pretty well. There is a pretty nasty hill at the end of the road in the picture that the trucks couldn't make it up, so we dumped about 20 tons at the bottom of it. I used the 250 to move and spread all the gravel up and on the hill and was pleasantly surprised with the power. It wasn't too intense of a job in terms of the Bobcat, but I was impressed with it regardless.

raschmid07
12-04-2007, 09:17 PM
By the way, we pretty much thought of this on the spot, but on the last truckload we ran the full truck over the road a couple of times to try and compact it some. Not exactly running a compactor over it, but for the price it wasn't a horrible idea.

cat2
12-04-2007, 09:47 PM
Haha, cat2, you stole my question!


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