I have a 1/4 mile driveway that is becoming badly rutted. I'm in
Tennessee and the property is very hilly. The drive runs straight
down hill from the county road mostly over bedrock that had gravel
added 10-15 years ago. I'm getting ruts along the lower edge close to
a ditch of this section. At the bottom it's fairly flat, but almost
impassibly muddy during long wet periods. The third section runs up
hill and curved following the contour of the hill to the house. This
section has some ruts that are a foot deep in rock/soil with no
observed bedrock like I see by the county road. There is really no
road crown at this point. I'd love to have it paved/blacktopped, but
I'm retired and have to keep costs down. What is the best approach?
Just more gravel? Re-grade....How? Or, just forget it and make sure
the 4WDs keep running (makes it hard on visitors and deliveries).
Any suggestions or internet links would be appreciated.
On the cheap, fill deep ruts with 2A modified stone. At the bottom
put down stone to fight the mud. Best bet would be dig it out a foot
deep put down a 10" deep layer of 2" - 3" rock with modified over the
top. Does water run across there? maybe you need a drain pipe under
the driveway there?
note that 2A modifed packs well.
You can always do like PENN-Dot does here and do the "oil and chips"
thing, layers of tar and gravel, or just pour tar over your gravel,
roof and foundation coating will work. Will take a week to a few weeks
to set up depending on the weather, but it will hold the gravel from
washing out as fast. If you would pour the roof and foundation stuff
over your stone, it will soak in through the stone without being
thinned. Throw on a top layer of gravel to keep it off your feet and
tires until it sets up.
PENN-dot considers "oil and chips" to be road resurfacing. I think it
should be outlawed on public roads. On a driveway where speeds are 5
-10 MPH, that's a different story.
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I have a very similiar roadway from the main paved road to the house. It is
quite long, narrow in places, lots of trees and hilly.
I have done everything to keep it in good shape and none-the-less it still
gets rutted and potholed.
I have never found a simple solution to the problem other than periodic,
scraping with a back scraper box, filling, ditching the sides, and trying to
keep a crown where possible. Drain bars are nice "but" present driving
issues with a bump where the drain bar is.
So, the cheapest way is to hit it with periodic maintenance.....a 10 yard
dump of 3/4" road base or 2 or three.....and a filling and scraping.
My rock is about 300.00 per 10 yards......(yeow) and it is not of the best
quality either. I rent a machine for about 230.00 for the day, and go at
it. Good Luck.
I should have bought a backscraper loader machine years ago, and still think
of doing it.......although I still rent....
Road grindings, "if" you can get them. Word of caution, if you get a few
truck loads, once they sit, you would think you're digging into a pile of
Your biggest problem will be trying to convince a contractor to dump them
on your property. They're not real anxious to take on the liability.
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