Hi, Looking for ideas for a drainage ditch edge that has been worn down by heavy trucks so we end up slipping into the ditch when we stop the car to open the gate. I don't want to put in a pipe that snakes and rats can hide in so thinking about putting a couple of sleepers across where the car door is similar to the one by the gate. Heavy truck projects completed so now only occasional medium size trucks. Any other ideas greatly appreciated. Thanks
How much water volume uses this ditch, @Steve5? If it was a relatively small amount, you could fill the entire ditch or part of it with drainage gravel, and the water will find its way through it. However, I like the idea of creating a bridge/platform for the area next to the gate and see no reason why that wouldn't work. It's likely going to be one of the quickest and easiest solutions. I'd recommend you make it at least four sleepers wide so there's a decent amount of space to stand on.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
I like @MitchellMc 's suggestion of filling it with stones, but to ensure the water flows through ok, I'd bury a slotted drainage pipe in it too. That way rats, etc can't get in but water can and will seep in and out. Excess quantities of water will run through the stones.
Good Morning @Steve5
Love playing with drainage for some reason Think it has something to do with molding the water to go where I want it to.
Looking at your driveway it seems to be fairly compacted and not likely to sink anymore. How about this for an idea...
In the drain area make a level slope (Yeah a tiny fall on it type deal) Using Concrete paving slab. This is to keep the level of your drain flat.
Then use something like Garden edging either side with a flat paver between the outer pieces. So a large flat U you will end up with. Then another flat Concrete paver over the top. This could stay permantly or be able to be pulled up when you put a permant fix in.
I have built the culvert type deal for my garden path and didnt have to worry about lateral forces. I will try and post the project later just to show.
Just posted my culvert project. Thought Id link it here in case it helps you with your issue
The culvert has stood up to rain ect for a year, no dirt has fallen away and the edges are due for replanting (theyuhad the white and purple snow plants (cant think of their name) and they just need to be refreshed.