Posted in FB, but not shared with the folks in control of town. So, here ’tis:
I highly propose that a good test be done on Russell Road.
Reclaim gravel-like “pavement” there now. Grind, add actual gravel, lay it down, grade (you know, with an actual crown), and roll it. I’m not a road agent, and don’t play one on TV… So do what’s called for to create an actual gravel road. There is tons of good info out there on HOW TO RECLAIM AND CREATE A PROPER GRAVEL ROAD.
I’m pretty sure the one-time dirt cart roads were fine in their time. I loved driving down Starch Mill 30 yrs ago, only 1/2 plowed in winter, grass growing down the middle in summer… But, that’s a dust road, masquerading as a dirt road, that should be a gravel road.
PLEASE, someone in Selectman’s board & Road Dept, take a day to research. Do what’s RIGHT. Penny-wise, pound-foolish, does NOT pay off. Tax payers keep losing here!!
Thank you for reading. I understand you don’t have a dirt road project plan. You do have a paved road project plan. Wouldn’t this be a great part of that project? Russell Rd has to be reclaimed soon anyway, I hope.
The Gazette looked up a random “HOW TO RECLAIM AND CREATE A PROPER GRAVEL ROAD” google search and found this which caught our attention. Notice the part in Section 1 where the shape a gravel road is listed as having three elements: crown, shoulder and ditch. We recently traversed some of our “reclaimed roads” and noticed not only no ditch, but the shoulder also sloping in the wrong direction! We assume what applies to gravel roads also applies to paved roads. However, frequently the width of the right of way interferes with a road that’s too wide for the circumstances in the first place.
Former Road Agent Greenwood was on the right track when he started adding stone to the roads… or as the above manual states:
“It seems that most gravel maintenance or rehabilitation problems are blamed on the grader operator when the actual problem is often material related. This is particularly true when dealing with the problem of corrugation or “washboarding” as it is often called in the field.”
“This problem is often perceived as being caused by the grader, but it is primarily caused by the material itself. This manual provides information on what makes a good gravel road surface.
However, a berm on the side of the road is not a shoulder and can be blamed on hurried operations