Timberlane Maintenance

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Trails Blog on Apr. 10, 2010 - 12:02 pm

March 29-31 Timberlane Utility District maintenance
At the end of March, S&S Trails took a quick trip to Spring to work for our good friend Bud Gessel at TLUD. Some of the crushed granite trails needed a little resurfacing due to erosion, so we called up our local co-worker Chuck and got busy laying down more material. We also used our little dozer (affectionately named Sam) to do some drainage work to prevent future erosion problems, in addition to using her to load crushed granite into the dump buggy to carry it out to the trouble spots.

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We worked in two main areas of the trail system. The first was in the neighborhood trails behind Bud’s house, where the trails were originally built about 3 years ago. Those problem areas were fairly small and pretty easy to fix. The second area that needed some attention was trail we had built about a year ago right outside the Mercer Arboretum. One area got a lot of traffic when the trails were wet, which caused a mud pit to form. Unfortunately some of the use was illegal activity by ATVers, which the Montgomery County Sheriffs have had a hard time controlling. As a result people who wanted to walk the trail were forced to go wider and wider around to try to avoid the mud and standing water. We solved the problem by building a raised causeway out of road base that we compacted and then capped with crushed granite. It looked much nicer and more inviting to use afterward, and we hope that people will enjoy having a more sustainable (and dryer!) path on which to walk. We always enjoy working with Bud on the Spring trails, and are glad to have the opportunity to return year after year to do maintenance work.

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