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Author Topic: Filling and abandoning a roadbed?  (Read 2535 times)

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Re: Filling and abandoning a roadbed?
« Reply #20 on: August 29, 2018, 01:24:39 PM »
Just wrote a reply but it didn't work so here's the short version. Yardage doesn't seem too crazy to me a tri axle of dirt can get lost in a hole that size fast. Unless the guys a scam artist and is trying to pull one over on you it's really easy to get the yardage needed very accurately just cubic ft to yrds. No idea on pricing I work in construction right now but never do any of the buying just the spreading and digging :) but doesn't seem too far off that's a lot of trucks. One way to save money would be to fill halfway with straight fill and the rest 50/50 depending on quality that should be more then enough to grow a few trees.

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Re: Filling and abandoning a roadbed?
« Reply #21 on: August 29, 2018, 04:23:49 PM »
length x width x depth then add 20% for compaction. i know you dont want any but you will get some when its graded 

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Re: Filling and abandoning a roadbed?
« Reply #22 on: August 30, 2018, 12:08:54 AM »
A triaxle disappears fast.  I hid 150 loads in 1 acre and still need more. 
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Re: Filling and abandoning a roadbed?
« Reply #23 on: September 04, 2018, 08:32:00 AM »
length x width x depth then add 20% for compaction. i know you dont want any but you will get some when its graded
try 33% as compaction.  and yes a truckload is nothing. I have 4000 hours of big excavator experience and 20-30 loads don't get you that far. 
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Re: Filling and abandoning a roadbed?
« Reply #24 on: December 26, 2018, 09:42:15 AM »
Just want to circle back up on this discussion.

I found a contractor last fall that was interested in the work. By happenchance, he had a few hundred yards of quality topsoil that he wanted to sell at a reasonable price. After much engineering calculation, the total yardage required was 450 yards of dirt! Way over my original low 60 yard estimate.

To keep costs reasonable, the contractor brought in first 225 yards of pit run plain dirt, followed by 225 yards of topsoil. This created a 12" thick layer of topsoil on top of pit run. The contractor was careful to select pit run from a quarry that was close but also the quality of soil that we would need for this job.

We had the choice between a road grader or low ground pressure dozer. The dozer cost more since it couldn't be driven to the site. After much consideration, I felt that the low ground pressure dozer would be a better tool for the job, in particular because it would limit soil compaction.

After the work was completed, the contractor spread out 1000 pounds of hay along with grass and wildflower seeds.

I'm real pleased with the work. Perhaps I'll be able to post pictures here sometime in the future.

Next step - seedling planting next spring.

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Re: Filling and abandoning a roadbed?
« Reply #25 on: December 26, 2018, 10:38:04 AM »
Perhaps I'll be able to post pictures here sometime in the future.
 
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