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Author David Crosby has built unpaved roads in mountains, deserts, forests, coastal regions, and swamps. Each location is unique, but Crosby has found that problems with unpaved driveways are the result of one or more of the following: bad design, moisture, or unsuitable soils. In this article, he discusses how to avoid these problems. He includes instructions on conducting tests for soil composition and moisture content, and he explains how to design a driveway to drain properly. <!–PDF Extraction <p>When John Denver sang, “Country roads, take me home,” he probably wasn’t singing about paved roads. There’s a certain charm to an unpaved road or driveway that you just can’t get with asphalt. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that gravel is also far less expen-sive up front and over time, and that if you ever have to remove or realign a gravel driveway, you can just rip it up, rake it out, and re-vegetate.Because many people opt for a gravel driveway as a cost-saving measure, it tends to be used as an excuse for poor site prep and installation. But that’s a missed opportunity, because site prep and installation mean the difference between a job so good you…
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