Willow Creek Road is a 36-mile stretch of un-paved road. Cattle ranchers, vacationers and hunters use the road, but during wet weather it became a muddy, hazardous mess.
The soil is a silty clay, and earlier attempts to use just gravel were less than successful. In addition, the nearest gravel pit is a three-hour drive, so Valley County Road Superintendent Wayne Waarvik knew he had to do more than just gravel the road.
Propex Geotex® 200ST woven geotextile was installed down the middle of the road. After Geotex® 200ST was installed, 6 to 8 inches of gravel were placed by belly dump trailers, followed by a grader. Wade Wentzler, homeowner at the nearby Pines recreation area, said 'I usually have to replace the gravel in my driveway every five years. This (Geotex® fabric) will be well worth the taxpayers' dollars.'
Valley County Commissioners Dave Pippen and Dave Reinhardt said, 'We see the long-term benefits of using geotextile fabric on our road. Just by saving one inch of gravel will pay for the fabric.'