5 Reasons Not To Have Your Private Rural Access Road Paved

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When it comes to creating a private road for accessing your residential or recreational property, you'll likely share the responsibility with other land owners. Choosing a professionally constructed gravel road over an asphalt or concrete access road can pay off in the long run if there is limited traffic on the road. Find out how well-made gravel roads outperform paved ones when it comes to private ownership.

Easier Maintenance

First, it's not hard to keep the gravel road surface smooth and the drainage ditches cleaned out with a simple tractor or a truck-pulled scraping blade. In contrast, every pothole and crack in an asphalt road should be professionally patched. Homemade road patches will only work a few months, and waiting that long for professional repairs can leave the road in worse condition. Gravel roads are easy to maintain with DIY techniques and take less time to repair if road maintenance professionals do get involved.

Lower Cost

Most rural landowners choose gravel roads because they're more budget friendly. With gravel roads, you only pay for grading, crowning, surface settling, and the topping of gravel. You pay for all that plus the cost of paving if you choose asphalt or concrete. All types of private roads cost significantly more due to land features like

  • Stability issues due to dry or sandy soil
  • The presence of large rocks, roots, and tree stumps
  • Ongoing erosion issues
  • Steep slopes
  • Poor natural water management due to compacted soil or a lack of organic material.

If you're already going to spend plenty of money on clearing trees away and dealing with the erosion factors of a steep hillside, you may not be able to afford to pave the road and maintain that pavement.

Better Dust Management Options

Rural road owners used to invest in paving as soon as possible, even if they enjoyed the ride of a gravel road, because these old-fashioned paths are known for causing a lot of dust movement. This is especially a problem in dry and hot climates. Recent advancements in dust management technology have led to the development of environmentally safe and long lasting binder sprays that combine with the dust to keep it on the road instead of in the air. Combine a binder treatment with proper tamping from a road construction crew and your gravel road won't be a significant source of dust regardless of the weather.

Fewer Speed Problems

Gravel roads are famous for acting as natural speed deterrents in rural areas where there are no budgets for paving long stretches of residential roads. With such a bumpy surface, gas-happy drivers can only handle bouncing around so much before they slow down to a safer speed. If you're living in a rural area with children and pets that like to roam when they play, knowing that your private road is slowing down drivers could give you peace of mind.

Quicker Expansion

Finally, a properly constructed and crowned gravel road is the perfect base for building a paved road at some point in the future. Choosing a gravel road now doesn't prevent you from upgrading in the future if you decide it's worth the money. Failing to install a proper road will lead to serious erosion that makes it harder to pave the area later, so a well-made gravel road protects the cleared area and keeps it accessible even when no one's actually using the area on a regular basis.

No matter what type of private road you settle on in the end, make sure it's properly built instead of trying to take on the task yourself. Saving a few thousand dollars now could cost you a lot more if your land becomes inaccessible due to road erosion.

For more information, contact a company like Lien Transportation Co.

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29 February 2016

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