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Road Maintenance Video Set

The "Road Maintenance Video Set" is a five-part video series developed for USDA Forest Service equipment operators. It focuses on environmentally sensitive ways of maintaining low volume roads. (Total Running Time: 1 hour 23 minutes)

Video 1: Forest Roads and the Environment.

A visually pleasing overview of how the road and environment interact with each other. This introduction to maintenance of low volume roads highlights several issues that benefit from proper maintenance activities, including water temperature, fish habitat and aggregate surfacing loss. (Running Time: 16:00)

Video 2: Reading the Traveled Way.

Learn to quickly identify what the road is “saying”. This segment focuses on understanding what the condition of the road is and providing insights on how to proactively avoid costly repairs by properly addressing the road in its current condition.

Topics covered in this video are: Rutting, Washboarding, Potholes, Destroyed Road Template, Cracks, Flour, Loss of Surfacing, Excessive Vegetation, Water Bypassing the Surface Cross Drains, Damaged of Filled Cattleguards, Damage to Bridges, Damage to Fords. (Running Time: 17:30)

Video 3: Reading Beyond the Traveled Way.

Properly maintained roads require an understanding of what is happening beyond the road surface. Considering the natural functions before beginning maintenance operations can help minimize significant impacts to the road. Topics include: Gullies, Cracks and Slumps, Roadside Ditch, Ditch Relief Culverts, Live Stream Culverts, Brush Removal. (Running Time: 16:30)

Video 4: Smoothing and Reshaping the Traveled Way.

This video covers detailed step-by-step process used for both smoothing and reshaping a road. Topics include: Crowned Roads, Insloped Roads, Outsloped Roads and Transition Sections. (Running Time: 16:00)

Video 5: Maintaining the Ditch and Surface Cross Drains.

This provides comprehensive instructions for correctly constructing and maintaining ditches, culverts and various surface cross drains. Topics covered include: Heeling the Ditch, Pulling the Ditch, Maintaining Surface Cross Drains, Rolling Drain Dips, Interceptor Bars, Earthen Water Bars and Open-Top Drainage Devices. (Running Time: 18:00)

For copies of the entire set, contact:

USDA Forest Service
San Dimas Technology and Development Center
444 E. Bonita Avenue
San Dimas, CA 91773
Phone: 909.599.1267
Fax: 909.592.2309

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