Troy Sand & Gravel delivering a load of stone. Each load weighs about 23 tons, and can cover about 60′ of road length.
Pushing out the base stone on the highway fabric.
I rented a Caterpillar D-3 bulldozer from Mario’s hardware in Valatie. With a weight of 15,000 pounds, it is just heavy enough to scrape the top soil. It moves the stone into place easily.
The driveway is about a quarter of a mile long. We have finished the last 170′ of road leading up to the house site. We prepared the base by removing the topsoil and pulling the tree stumps. 12′ wide highway fabric is laid on the path followed by a layer of 3″ stone. A final layer of crusher run is laid on top. We’ve built a strong stable road on the wettest farm field in memory. Strong enough to carry the cement trucks and well-digging equipment to our building site.
In summer 2011, this was our first attempt to improve the old farm access road that leads to the “back field”. Nicholas is balancing on the pipes. We added another pipe after Hurricane Irene caused flooding worse than Susan’s father had seen here in 60 years of farming.
Ted preparing the road surface for the next load of stone.
Ted is my in-law and the farmer of the land. The road to the house site is 1,400 feet in length. It also crosses two culverts. I am building this road myself, with a great deal of help from Ted. His generosity of time, labor, knowledge and equipment is making this project possible. He is an artist with the backhoe. This photo was taken on his 75th birthday.
10.15.2011: We cut down very few trees to build the road. This oak had to go.