Access roads serve a myriad of important needs across the United States when it comes to accommodating traffic patterns, as well as ingress and egress from roads less travelled. But, because of their sometimes infrequently used nature and on-again off-again importance in certain areas, access roads can commonly fall by the wayside, leaving them under maintained or completely unutilized for long periods of time. At best, many access roads can be considered suspect—at worst, still more can be considered not fit for supporting vehicles that may need to use them.
Many municipalities are stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to making the needed improvements required to get access roads back on their feet: spend taxpayer dollars to repair roads that are marginally needed or allow them to fall further into disrepair, creating trouble when they’re actually needed. Cable concrete mats provide a tailored solution to this unique issue.
Cost effective retrofitting
Access roads in urban settings usually have the luxury of being paved, however in smaller more rural settings, they’re usually not and are comprised of gravel or worse, dirt. To pave rural access roads can seem folly to local municipalities with limited budgetary capabilities, but in investing in cable concrete mats creates a marriage between a cost effective solution and an encompassing application.
Thanks to their easy installation—which requires no on-site paving—cable concrete mats can be applied to gravel or dirt paved access roads to create immediate stability in these areas, without having to undertake the cost or time-intensive prospect of fully paving them.
Increasing safety and stability
Access roads can be highly effective in accommodating traffic patterns and necessary travel, but if they’re left to the whim of nature, it’s a good bet they’re going to fall quickly into disrepair. From seasonal flooding that can soften the Earth and create terrain issues, to entire portion of the access road being washed away in violent storms, access roads require a first line of defense to remain functional.
Cable concrete mats serve not only as a first line of defense, but as a secondary supplement as well. The linked concrete portions within the mat themselves provide erosion resistance during floods and other watery periods, while the sheer size of the mat itself create stability over a wide swath of land, protecting areas of weakness from long-term erosion that may see the access road’s size and stability threatened over time.
Creating access roads
Perhaps the best feature of cable concrete mats as they apply to access roads comes with the simple creation of new roads! In areas where access roads cease to exist or have fallen completely out of favor, new access roads can be created to supplant trails or makeshift paths that may carry with them their own instabilities and dangers.
When you consider the full-circle benefits of cable concrete mats and their applicable properties for access roads, it becomes immediately apparent that this solution is one that satisfies both immediate and sustainable needs.