Road maintenance tips and dos and don'ts from the experts.
Russ Lanoie, of Conway, New Hampshire, has written a book full of practical advice on dirt and gravel road construction and maintenance, A Ditch in Time, downloadable free at his website, www.RuralHomeTech.com. Lanoie, inventor of a front-operated landscape rake attachment for tractors, called the Front Runner, also will answer questions by e-mail: russ @ RuralHomeTech.com.
The Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies at Pennsylvania State University maintains an information-packed website, www.dirtandgravelroads.org.
To find local offices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, go to www.nrcs.usda.gov, and click on “States and Regions.” Information and services are free. You can also check the federal government listings of your telephone book.
For additional information, you can download the resources shown here for free. The Private Roads Maintenance Guide can be downloaded at The Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District website, www.sccrcd.org. The Gravel Roads Maintenance and Design Manual and the Low-Volume Roads Engineering Guide, can both be found at www.epa.gov/owow/nps/roadshwys.html.
To find local offices of state-run conservation districts, which vary in name, go to www.nacdnet.org, the National Association of Conservation Districts. You can also check state government telephone listings under “natural resources,” “soil and water conservation,” etc.
Don’t overlook area environmental groups as sources of information and assistance. Efforts by the conservation group Trout Unlimited helped get recurring state financing for the Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies, which offers free road workshops throughout Pennsylvania, in addition to doing research.
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