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Stream Crossing

The heavy use stream crossing is used to allow easy access to the winter feeding facility year-round. The primary design consists of an excavated crossing lined with geotextile fiber, filled with rock riprap and covered with bank run gravel to provide a suitable driving surface.

For complete blueprints of the stream crossing in PDF form, click below:
Stream Crossing Blueprints, PDF (444 kB)

The high-use stream crossing replaced a previous dirt crossing through a low-lying stream in the field. The previous crossing quickly became impassible after even small amounts of rain, making it difficult to transport feed during times of incliment weather.



Although the initial plans only called for excavation 18 inches deep, the actual site required a deeper approach to get down to a more solid base.

The geotextile fiber was then laid to ensure the riprap and gravel would not sink into the mud.

Rolling out the fiber base was one of the few parts of this project which could be performed without the use of heavy machinary.

Seen here, Tim Flaspohler, Frank Flaspohler and David Fuemmeler look over the excavated crossing prior to dumping the first loads of riprap.

David C. Fuemmeler hauled the riprap for the project from the Glasgow Quarry. Approximately 35 tons of riprap were used to fill the crossing area, as well as an additional 10 tons of gravel for the driving surface.

Once the riprap was dumped, Ronald Fuemmeler used the dozer to move the rock into place and compact it to provide a solid base.

The picture below show the final stages of the stream crossing construction, including close-up detail of the gravel surface covering the riprap base.