Maintaining dirt roads can be challenging when facing heavy rain storms, wind erosion, and other factors. They destroy the surface and disrupt vehicle traffic, causing drivers inconvenience and making clients to blame.
You may have marginal soils that present challenges for constant road maintenance with potholes and pooling. Clients may request dirt road construction in particular areas, yet poor soil composition can prevent it.
Poor soil stabilization not only ruins the commercial project but also endangers groundwater and other environmental conditions.
Rather than opt for traditional solutions, we recommend taking a look at geocell. It’s an eco-friendly soil stabilizer for dirt and unpaved roads that doesn’t put polymers, chemicals, or enzymes into the ground.
What is Geocell?
Geocell is a cross linking panel system made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) that’s chemical and weather-resistant. It withstands rain and wind erosion while reinforcing the ground with more tensile strength than polymer-based products.
When you dig up the road surface, simply stake the panels and infill them with soil. Geocell requires zero settling time, and you can immediately start running cars and trucks on the dirt road.
The United States military has used geocell for road soil stabilization since the 70s for temporary access structures in warfare.
Laying down panels in the jungle, tanks and other heavy military equipment could ride over the surface with ease. Then, service members could remove the geocell and reuse it for other applications as a cost-effective solution.
How Does Geocell Stabilize Soil for Dirt Roads?
Rather than mixing into the pre-existing soil, geocell reinforces soil particles by locking them inside a tight honeycomb structure. Vehicle weight distributes equally across the entire surface rather than a single point for more stabilized roads.
Geocell also promotes natural drainage with perforated soil stabilization technology for groundwater recharging. It reduces water on the surface and reduces maintenance for pooling, potholes, and other forms of erosion control.
While enzyme-based stabilization products make dirt roads hydrophobic, moisture from the air and sky sinks straight through the grade.
You don’t have to worry about the road flooding, pooling, or potholing any longer with perforated geocell panels.
How does Geocell Compare to Traditional Soil Stabilization Options?
It’s common for engineers to mix 1 or more soils with a polymer or copolymer product that enhances the material. The project manager can end up spending thousands on non-eco-friendly chemicals, depending on the size of the dirt road.
All of it has the potential to run off into local streams, watersheds, and ecosystems, damaging flora and fauna. You’ll run into severe dust control issues involving road dust if you don’t choose an option that consistently preserves the soil.
Geocell protects your firm’s reputation by reinforcing dirt roads while considering environmental integrity.
Typical Applications for Soil Stabilization for Dirt Roads
You can stabilize dirt roads with geocell for various applications, which opens new clientele and industry possibilities. We also recommend installing HDPE honeycomb structures for gravel and industrial roads too.
Weather conditions, hills, and other environmental factors do not hinder installing geocell nor affect its lifespan. Geocell panels are great for all types of soils and road types, including gravel roads, for long-term durability and tensile strength.
- Dirt parking lots
- Rodeo grounds
- Wind farms
If you ever have any questions about how geocell can be used for engineering products, give our BaseCore engineers a call.
They’d be glad to evaluate your project and give solid answers for moving forward with dirt road stabilization and other applications.
How to Install Geocell for Dirt Roads
Installing geocell for dirt roads is a simple process that doesn’t require specialists. You can reduce company costs by hiring construction workers or even landscapers to complete HDPE roadways.
Unlike conventional soil stabilization methods, there’s no ongoing maintenance involved or reinstallation practices.
Our team has guides you can reference when laying geocell for any and all dirt roads. We can also consult the particulars of the roadways and explain in greater detail the timeline and materials needed.
Eco-Friendly Soil Stabilization for Dirt Roads
While soil stabilizers and chemicals have their place, geocell is an effective, military-approved solution. You can increase a dirt road’s tensile strength and prevent pooling, potholes, and other rain issues with geocell.
Reinforce the ground to withstand heavier vehicle traffic for longer, all while considering environmental ramifications.
Geocell is a money-saving engineering base that eliminates the need for sub-bases in most cases. We’d be glad to answer additional questions you have about the product and give a quote for whatever dirt road you have.
Give our BaseCore engineers a call today at (888)-511-1553 or by filling out an online contact form.