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Nov 07

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Caring for the Roads Less Traveled

Over time, dirt roads can get pounded down and worn away, turning into gutters when it rains. Get the dirt on this:

Dirt roads were made for driving, but not driving rain. (via Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies)

Dirt roads were made for driving, but not driving rain. (via Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies)

Dirt roads may be picturesque, but they muddy nearby waters if they’re not properly maintained.

Pennsylvania has almost 20,000 miles of unpaved roads, and some have been around for 200 years. Over time, their surfaces are pounded down and worn away. They become gutters for everything that washes into their path when it rains.

Bloser: “Basically, whatever’s next to the road, the road collects and transports it to the stream.”

That’s Steve Bloser from the Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies at Penn State. He says that raising road levels and coating the roads with dense stone can help restore proper drainage and reduce erosion, which will help keep streams running free and clear.

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Steve Bloser describes the why and how of raising road levels.

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