Friday, April 17, 2009

Clearing Culverts

Here are photos of the crew clearing out culverts along the 5 Mile.

Each spring the Road Crew needs to clear the ice from the 115 culverts along the entire length of the Auto Road. Of course, in order to clear them, they first have to find them. Luckily, the crew has a "playbook" with a page for each culvert, and we mark each with a 20-30 foot pole in the fall. Not to mention, the Road Crew has an amazing knowledge of the Auto Road done to every rock and pebble. It's impressive to hear them talk about locating these culverts.

Clearing the culverts is critical because the water needs to run under the road surface and not over it. Erosion is the battle we fight each spring. And, so far this spring, the battle is going well. We'll just keep on moving up.

- Ryan

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