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Forest Road Maintenance Video Set

 

The Forest Road Maintenance video set was originally produced in 2002 by the USDA Forest Service, Technology and Development Center, San Dimas, California in Cooperation with Federal Highways Administration. The VHS video tapes were converted by the Rural Technology Initiative to digital video and are now available for download or to view over the Internet.
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Forest Roads and the Environment
(MP4, WMV, download 270 MB wmv file)

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. (18 minutes)

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Reading the Traveled Way
(MP4, WMV, download 246 MB wmv file)

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. (16 minutes)

  • Rutting, Washboarding, Potholes, Cracks
  • Destroyed Road Template
  • Flour
  • Loss of Surfacing
  • Excessive Vegetation
  • Water Bypassing the Surface Cross Drains
  • Damaged or Filled Cattleguards
  • Damage to Bridges
  • Damage to Fords
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Reading Beyond the Traveled Way
(MP4, WMV, download 253 MB wmv file)

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. (16:30 minutes)

  • Gullies
  • Cracks and Slumps
  • Roadside Ditch
  • Ditch Relief Culverts
  • Live Stream Culverts
  • Brush Removal
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Smoothing and Reshaping the Traveled Way
(MP4, WMV, download 266 MB wmv file)

This video covers a detailed step by step process used for both smoothing and reshaping a road. (17:30 minutes)

  • Crowned Roads
  • Insloped Roads
  • Outsloped Roads
  • Transition Sections
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Maintaining the Ditch and Surface Cross Drains
(MP4, WMV, download 243 MB wmv file)

This provides comprehensive instructions for correctly constructing and maintaining ditches, culverts and various surface cross drains. Highlighted in this video are surface cross drains such as rolling dips, earthen water bars and interceptor dips. (16 minutes)

  • Heeling the Ditch
  • Pulling the Ditch
  • Maintaining Surface Cross Drains
  • Rolling Drain Dips
  • Interceptor Dips
  • Earthen Water Bars
  • Open-Top Drainage Devices

The USDA Forest Service has developed this information for the guidance of it employees, its contractors, and its cooperating Federal and State agencies, and is not responsible for the interpretation or use of this information by anyone except its own employees.

The use of trade, firm, or corporation names in this video is for the information and convenience of the viewer, and does not constitute an endorsement by the Department of Agriculture for any product or service to the exclusion of others that may be suitable.

 
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