New spreadsheet tool helps you manage gravel roads
A new spreadsheet tool from the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) is designed to help county engineering offices better track and manage gravel roads. It can be used as an inventory tool, providing one location for keeping all maintenance and construction data about a gravel road system. It can also be used to track costs and optimize spending.
The tool, designed by SRF Consulting, is flexible and customizable for a variety of purposes and system sizes. A user guide provides instructions for the gravel road management tool.
There are approximately 142,900 miles of roads in Minnesota, and over half of them are dirt or gravel-surfaced. These roads often have little traffic and service remote areas, so tools for their management and maintenance have been lacking. At the same time, the time and cost to maintain and service these roads is significant. The simple tool is intended to support local agencies in their management of these roads.
The spreadsheet includes tabs where users can enter their road segment inventory, maintenance record, desired thickness, and segment evaluation. Other tabs have an evaluation guide and raw GIS data for Minnesota county roads from the 2018 MnDOT Linear Referencing Network.
The developers prepopulated many of the input cell locations, but users may also choose to customize those options very easily.
- Gravel Road Management tool website
- Gravel Road Management Spreadsheet Tool Supplemental Guidance (LRRB 2019RIC03, March 2019)
- Minnesota LTAP's Low-Volume & Gravel Roads topic page