Watch an LRRB video that answers common questions about gravel roads

This one-day workshop helps supervisory personnel and operators better understand the materials, techniques, equipment needed for maintaining gravel roads, and review new techniques and ideas in gravel road maintenance. Slides, videos, and group discussions will help attendees learn from real-world examples and benefit from the exchange of information with instructors and other attendees.

Date & Location

The next session of this workshop is scheduled for winter/spring 2020. More information about dates and locations will be added as it becomes available.

Topics Covered

  • The latest in gravel road maintenance techniques
  • How to reduce washboarding
  • How to choose good sources of gravel
  • How to shape a gravel road, including a proper crown and shoulder
  • Gravel road and equipment safety
  • Gravel gradation
  • How to control dust
  • How to select the right equipment and cutting edges
  • Fabric stabilization of weak road-base conditions
  • How to develop a road improvement program
  • Gravel road stabilization with Otta Seal or calcium chloride
  • Review of gravel road maintenance equipment

Who Should Attend

Supervisors, operators, and township officials responsible for maintaining gravel roads and anyone interested in gravel road maintenance.

Course Instructor

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. John retired from Becker County Highway as superintendent after 42 years and is presently serving as a Becker County commissioner.



This workshop is presented by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at the Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota. Minnesota LTAP is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This course is subsidized through funding from LRRB and FHWA.