Low water crossings provide us with a way to maintain our maneuverability in areas that might otherwise not be accessible due to fluctuating water levels or impasses created due to unrestricted water. Constructing and maintaining a low water crossing can be far more cost effective than building a bridge and can actually serve to be a more pertinent implementation in areas that require only a small concession be made to preserve the natural integrity of the area as much as possible.
The problem with low water crossings, however, is that they are subject to major damages when water levels become overbearing. Everything from soil erosion to shifting culverts can damage a low water crossing and render it unsuitable for interaction, especially when it comes to vehicle crossings. The worst part is that this damage, unless absolutely blatant, could go unnoticed until the low water crossing itself is rendered completely useless.
What can be done to help protect a low water crossing from unpredictable water levels, surging currents and violent precipitation? The answer lies in the protection that cable concrete erosion control products have to offer.
The first and foremost component that needs to be considered when preserving a low water crossing is its culverts, since these components are chiefly responsible for the stability of the low water crossing.
Culverts have a tendency to suffer from two forms of damage: 1) shifting and misalignment caused by surrounding soil erosion and 2) degradation of the culverts themselves due to soil and sand’s effects on the galvanized material they’re constructed from. Surprisingly, both issues have the same remedy: cable concrete erosion control products.
Cable concrete mats serve to create stability for low water crossings by keeping erosion in check. Firstly, this stops the soil from shifting, thus preventing misalignment and shifting of the culverts. Second, because cable concrete also creates an erosion barrier between water and land, it will serve to mitigate the amount of excess sand and soil being sent through culverts, which will minimize the degrading effects that these particulates can have on the galvanized materials.
Cost effective implementation
Perhaps the best thing about low water crossings, as mentioned above, is their cost effectiveness when it comes to construction and maintenance. And, thanks to cable concrete erosion control products the cost of maintenance runs even lower now, providing more sustainable protection to low water crossings and their culverts for longer periods of time.
Using cable concrete mats to control the local area around a low water crossing is quickly becoming a staple for engineers seeking to preserve crossings for extended periods of time—especially in areas that require them to function flawlessly in all types of conditions. Moreover, because cable concrete can also be vegetated or filled, the potential for a developed or natural aesthetic can be rendered both ways, lending itself to the environment where the low water crossing is located.
If you’re dealing with low water crossings or have seen the issues that improperly secured or maintained crossings are susceptible to, it pays to invest time and effort into researching cable concrete mat installations. The benefits truly pay dividends.