2016 Marion County Gravel Road Product Test
In March, many attended the
OACES 2016 Enhanced Gravel Road Treatment Workshop in Redmond, from which Marion County decided to host a
2016 Gravel Road Product Test. All are invited to review the performance of the products and also visit the four test areas to see the roads as they are treated. Links to the products list and area maps are listed below.
Marion County is doing side-by-side applications of soil stabilizers some of which have never been used in Oregon. On June 21 - 23, crews are applying the first of the nine different products over four test areas.
In these tests our focus is enhanced public safety on gravel roads using alternative products and practices. Even through dust abatement (quality of life) will be an outcome that we will monitor, our intention is to reduce adverse wash-boarding and keep road aggregate materials in place.
The general on the ground applications are immediate surface treatments, with a few products possibly being graded in at some minimal depth. Other tools and processes may be used such as watering and compaction, as directed.
Product suppliers have been gracious in their participation in these tests and offered some products generally used in road building for these product reviews.
We will be signing the reach of each product applications on these roads and all are welcome to visit any of the sites with self-guided tours using the web information.
All four test areas are south of
Scotts Mills, a small city between Silverton and Molalla.
Gravel Road Product Test Info
Gravel Roads Test Products
Product Test Area Map
Also on the Marion County Public Works - Road Maintenance website:
2016 OACES Enhanced Gravel Road Workshop with the agencies' presentations.
Gravel Road Services, with newly defined gravel road services at
Gravel Road: Issues & County Services Q&A.
- For those agencies that chipseal, check out the upcoming
2016 OACES Chipseal Workshop.
The 2016 workshop is
December 7, 2016 at Marion County. Like the other OACES workshops, public agencies in the Northwest are welcome and will share short PowerPoint presentations highlighting the tricks and issues in applying chipseals. Please ask your frontline employees who apply chipseals to take photos of this year's work and be prepared to share aspects of your program. We all learn from each other. Visit the
2016 OACES Chipseal Workshop website for more information, or go to the
2013 or 2011 chipseal workshop pages to view past presentations.
Oregon Skills Demo and Safety Conference (this is their new website) is
September 13-16, 2016, in Roseburg, Oregon.
MORE-IGA with agencies' Bulletin Board for announcements, trainings, equipment for sale, etc. (No job announcements, please.)
For further information contact Don Newell at DNewell@co.Marion.or.us.