Creating A Great Construction Environment

About a year ago, I realized that there were a few things that I needed to do around the house to make my place feel more like a home. For starters, I knew that I needed to replace the carpet, since it was damaged from years of use. Unfortunately, I knew that I didn't have the skills to take care of things on my own, so I turned to a team of professional contractors. They were incredible to work with, and even taught me how to create a great construction environment for my team. After the project was done, I knew that I wanted to make a blog about creating a positive construction environment.

Building Gravel Road Driveways: Key Tips


Building a gravel road or long driveway on your rural property is a great way to avoid getting stuck in the mud when it rains, a common occurrence with dirt roads. Unlike some other types road or driveway construction, building a gravel road is something a determined do-it-yourselfer can do themselves, as long as they have the proper equipment. A little help from family members or friends is a big asset as well. This article offers a few critical tips for anyone who wants to tackle this ambitious project.  

Soil Preparation  

A gravel road is only as solid as its foundation. Building a gravel road on topsoil is a bad idea and will generally result in a drive that is unstable. To create a firm foundation for the road, remove all of the topsoil with an excavator. Once the topsoil is removed all along the length of the road, make certain that no organic debris, such as any tree roots or other vegetation, lies on the top of the subsoil.  

Fabric Underlayment  

One of the best ways to ensure the stability of your gravel drive is to place an underlayment of geotextile fabric all along the path of the road. This material serves the dual purpose of creating a weed barrier and preventing water under the surface from damaging the cohesion of the gravel. Make sure that you weigh down the fabric with gravel or pieces of other heavy material if you do the job on a windy day. 

Drainage Issues 

Drainage is a common problem with many gravel roads. Poor drainage can lead to a variety of issues, such as large potholes and erosion. To help prevent any drainage problems from occurring, make sure that the road has a crown in the middle. A high point, or crown, running down the center of the road allows water to drain off the surface. For every foot from the center of the road to the edge, increase the crown about ½ to ¾ of an inch above the edges. 

Gravel Layers 

A typical gravel road or long drive will have three layers of material. The largest stones, such as those the size of a baseball, go on the bottom to support the other two layers. Then place intermediate-sized stones over the bottom layer and use pea-sized crushed stones for the last layer. 

Building a gravel road is a complex job for the average person and many people would probably prefer to leave this task to a professional. For more information about this topic, contact a gravel road contractor. Companies like Lien Transportation Co. may be able to meet you needs in this area.


3 January 2016