09:36AM | 05/30/03
Member Since: 05/29/03
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Hi I am building a home on 10 acres. I have had the land clearing company put a drive onto the property. Now I have to decide what to do with it now. The drive goes back about 400 feet in the first 100' or so it is elevated quite a bit. I want to knock down the hill in the driveway and pull some of the dirt back to even it out. My biggest question is what should I put on the drive? Right now it is mostly soft sand I want a nice surface to drive on but I don't want to spend a fortune doing it. Any suggestions? Pictures available if needed.



11:55AM | 05/30/03
Member Since: 02/13/03
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I put a 900 foot drive in last summer (in Iowa, where rock on new roads will disappear come spring thaw). If you have snow in your area, you want the road higher so there is a ditch for the snow to blow into.

I laid down geotextile fabric ST 315(road fabric) and put road stone on it. I ordered stone as such "1 inch with fines" The fines are the dust that work into the fabric and stiffen it.

The fabric comes in various widths and lengths. I ended up buying a 17 foot roll and cut it in half, to make it 8.5 feet wide. Then I had the rock laid to make my road about 10 feet wide. If you want a wider road you can buy 9 foot wide or wider, but they didn't have it in stock when I needed it so I improvised. Make sure you cover all the fabric, equipment such as plows will snag it and make holes causing rock to sink into the dirt below.

The fabric replaces the 3 inch road stone base that people will tell you you need. Costs are about the same for the fabric or the 3 inch base rock. The fabric makes a nicer road.

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