Road building Unprocessed gravel vs shale

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by 4 seasons lawn&land, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
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    I'm building a 1600 ft road/driveway that will see heavy weight often. I need to stick to unprocessed materials for cost. I can get shale or unprocecessed gravel of decent quality, nothing huge and ugly in it, decent mix of stone, clay loam, and sand. Both are 10ish a yard with trucking. I will be topping it with crusher run and I will probably do road fabric too.
     
  2. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Posts: 2,325

    what do you mean by unprocessed gravel? Size comparison, is it #57, 34, etc...

    For heavier weight do a larger base stone topped with a 57 size for consistency/uniformity.
     
  3. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    I can get rca free here, maybe try looking around on craigslist? Not familiar with that other stuff, cant help you there
     
  4. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,587

    Unprocessed gravel, basically bank run of okay quality. I figure the material in each case is not far off of free. 10 a yard is basically just trucking
     
  5. Hollowellreid

    Hollowellreid LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ive used 'pit run' or whatever you want to call it here before.

    Seems to me i paid about $3.50/ton picked up at the yard. Mostly sandy and clean gravel, compacted well enough and was good and cheap
     
  6. tbi

    tbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
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    Shale sucks as it's too soft and turns to powder quickly.
     
  7. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,587

    Yeah I know shale can break down but most of our cheaper pit run/ bank run is going to be a little soily or clayey so is fairly likely to rut with moisture.
     

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