gravel road

May 29, 2013

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Take a short quiz for Roads Scholar credit (DOCX)

About the Event 

This webinar featured three gravel road experts, who shared their knowledge and experience with the importance of properly designing and maintaining a gravel road for effective drainage. The webinar was designed for supervisory personnel, operators, and anyone responsible for managing a gravel road system. Topics focused on properly graded roads for effective drainage. Do you know what to look for to determine if your roads have been properly graded?

Topics Covered

  • Understanding the value of having a good gravel road system and its impact on the community
  • Why it's important to develop and implement a road improvement program
  • Proper shaping of gravel roads, including proper crown and shoulde
  • Examples of what damaged roads look like
  • Equipment options, maintenance techniques, and methods for proper drainage


Rick West is a registered engineer and has more than 25 years experience in rural county highway department operations and management. He serves as county engineer for Otter Tail County, Minnesota.

John Okeson has more than 40 years experience in operations, supervision, and management for a rural county highway department. He has served 20 years as a township supervisor and retired from Becker County Highway as superintendent after 42 years.

Corey Uhrich is a heavy equipment operations and maintenance instructor at Central Lakes College and a superintendent, equipment operator, and site safety inspector with Strata Corporation. He has 18 years of experience working with heavy equipment, including ten years of experience managing maintenance, operations, and operator training for heavy construction crews.


0.25 Roads Scholar Program Maintenance Certificate credit. To receive your Roads Scholar credit, please watch the webinar, take the short quiz, and e-mail it to Katherine Stanley at


This webinar is presented by the Minnesota LRRB and the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at the Center for Transportation StudiesUniversity of Minnesota. Minnesota LTAP is sponsored by the Minnesota LRRB and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).