PROJECT:

New 3.6m wide and 500m long steep rural driveway. Council would not approve standard gravel paving, so an alternative pavement was required.  Concrete mats were a much more cost effective solution when compared to cement or bitumen options. This access road was designed to Rural Fire Service Access and Trail criteria.

LOCATION:

Spurfield Road Mcleans Ridges NSW 2480

CONCRETE MAT SPECS:

Mat: Firm Concrete Erosion Mats in 2.4m and 1.2m widths
Underlay: 200gsm Non-Woven Geotextile Underlay 
Anchoring: Steel UBar Anchors

CONTRACTOR FOR INSTALLATION

20 ton Excavator, Skid Steer and 2 labourers (Owners Jackie and Tony)

Rugendyke and Bashforth Contracting – RB Contracting – Northern NSW

OUR REF: ACM 1086

>>>Scroll down to Gallery and project details for more.

Pictured above is of mats installed after first day of works, showing the top part of road is done.

“We have this on our long, very steep driveway. Some sections are anchored down with the supplied pins, other sections we hit bedrock and used rock anchors. It worked out about 1/3 the price of concrete, including machinery and gravel top surface. It has held up very well under this monster wet season, we will definitely be using more on future tracks.”

Jackie

Mcleans Ridges NSW 2480

RESOURCES FOR Rural Driveway and Fire Trail Design:

When building your rural driveway and access roads, consider Rural Fire Service Standards and Trail Design Publications. Click pics to download pdf’s.

 

PROJECT DETAILS:

A new 500m road and driveway for new home at rural estate in Spurfield Road Mcleans Ridges.

The client chose FIRM concrete mats to use as the erosion prevention and protection on the driveway surface. They joined 2.4 and 1.2m mats to create a finished 3.6m width.

Local Shire Council specified a driveway with cement or bitumen or similar alternative paving. A gravel driveway was not permitted.  Concrete mats were passed in the DA requirements.

By choosing concrete mats, there were significant costs savings when compared to cement driveway. The client was quoted $160/sqm for cement, not including the form work or steel. Concrete mats came in at about a third of that cost, including the excavator hire to install.

We will revisit this project over time as installation continues and after weather events to track progress.

Later when budget permits, a FLEXIBLE 1.2m mat may be used on the runoff drains  alongside the paving to help minimise erosion as well.

Thanks to owners Jackie and Tony for allowing us to share these pics.

INDUSTRY SECTORS

RURAL

RURAL – AGRICULTURAL – GRAZIERS – PASTORAL – ORCHARDS – IRRIGATION

PUBLIC WORKS

PUBLIC WORKS – REGIONAL GOVERNMENT – LOCAL COUNCILS – CIVIC – MUNICIPAL

CIVIL

CIVIL – ROADS – AVIATION – RAIL – MINES – CONSTRUCTION

ENVIRONMENTAL

ENVIRONMENTAL – REGENERATION – REHABILITATION – SUSTAINABLE

COASTAL & MARINE

MARINE – COASTAL – BEACHES – PORTS – SHORELINES