Road repairs & Maintenance – Read more here

When the summer rains arrive each year our roads take a real battering! Heavy rains and splash erosion cause massive run off of top soil and in freak storms, roads can be washed away entirely. A huge part of reserve managements work is to maintain our road system. This is done by a combination of grading, dragging and construction of borrow pits. Borrow pits are the strips of ground that you will see dug up along the side of the road as you travel round the reserve. The soil “borowed” from these pits is used to build a hump on the road so that any fast flowing water will be obstructed. Rather than channelling down and eroding the road, water hits the hump and is forced off the road into the pit.

Project aims:

To assist reserve management with road maintenance, particularly during or after the rainy season.

What’s being done?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Sessions are carried out to fix up and repair sections of road destroyed by the eroding power of summer rains.

The role of volunteers:

  • Road maintenance – The maintenance required by the team depends on the extent of the damage that’s been done. In some instances the road just needs smoothing over and ruts filling in by moving topsoil back to its original position. In more extreme cases gravel and rocks must be collected and packed into ruts. They must be arranged in such a way that the road will be passable to vehicles again and hopefully to resist future erosion.

 

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