Gravel Road Construction Isn’t Easy

A road without blacktop is no less a road. Gravel road construction requires a myriad of skills. Detailed understanding of the terrain, proficiency in drainage issues, and extensive knowledge of various building materials is essential. How does concrete react to temperature? Why should you avoid limestone? How much gravel is needed per square foot? Should soil be removed before hand? How much? These are all questions that an expert in gravel road construction can answer. Building and maintaining a gravel or “dirt” road is no small task. A seemingly minor error in design, materials, or construction can have expensive—even dangerous—consequences for years to come.

A new road begins by surveying the land, determining the depth of the base needed, and noting any sandy or swampy areas that will require special attention. Next, we inspect the area where the road will be to pinpoint potential issues and address them before they can develop. This information is then used to select appropriate materials for the base, sub-grade, and sub-base layers. These will be packed down into a base layer and then covered with gravel. Choosing the right gravel for an area reduces dust, weeds, debris, and increases driver satisfaction. We’re here to make sure construction goes smoothly every step of the way.

In addition to new gravel road construction, we’re proficient in fixing issues with your existing roads. While any contractor can repair a foundation or lay new gravel, our experts get to the root of the problem. We know what’s needed to fix your road and keep it in good condition. We know whether or not your roadbed needs to be graded, whether more material is needed, or even whether you need a surface stabilizer. Drainage issues cause softness, which can lead to ruts developing. Ruts can also develop for other reasons too, which is why it can save you time and money to let a professional handle the task from start to finish.