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Ideas for a creek crossing
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CAH    Posted 01-23-2004 at 17:13:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I need to improve a crick crossing. It is about 8 ft wide. I have dumped some rock there last summer and have been able to cross it but the floods have made it tougher. Any ideas how to do a more permenant job. Something that won't wash away? As awlays, the less expensive the better.

Jon(WI)    Posted 01-23-2004 at 21:06:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well here is how I did it. First I submitted plans to the DNR. Got approved and put a bed of gravel on both sides of the 10' wide creek. Laid down a 1/2" treated 4X8 plywood sheet, nailed a number of treated 3X5X8 landscape timbers on it and another plywood sheet over it. (sandwich) Did this on both sides of the creek on said gravel beds about 2' off the creek banks. Then bolted 4 treated 2X10X16s' together. used 4 of these and then 2X6X8 as cross planks. This is strong enough to drive a semi over and been in place for 10 years now with no sign of rotting. DNR told me he wished everyone would build a bridge with no affects to the creek or banks as I did. Let me tell ya, The DNR restrictions involving wet lands and bridging streams are tough up here in the U.P. of MI.

Vic in Kenefick    Posted 01-23-2004 at 17:52:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
On our place in deep East Texas theres a creek that runs right through the middle of the 40 acers. My Dad wanted a bridge and came up with several plans. The one he settled on was to buy a wore out 40 flat bed trailer and knock the wheels off it and lay it across the creek which is about 20 foot wide at that point and maybe 15 to 20 foot deep. The guy that delivered the trailer had a wench on his truck and made a deal to set it across the creek for the wheels. It worked out that there are three trees to hold it inplace when the creek floods too. All in all I think Dad got his bridge for under $500.
His other plan was to buy an out dated railroad tank car and cut the ends out of it and dump it in the creek and then fill in over it.

Dieselrider    Posted 01-23-2004 at 17:21:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm no bridge builder but, I would think the cheapest way would be to lay in two or three large culvert pipes. The bigger the better so the water has a good flow through. Then fill in over them with fill and a head wall at each end to keep the fill from falling away. Let us know what you end up doing and how well it works.

Alias    Posted 01-23-2004 at 19:29:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
The culvert pipe method is used satisfactorily in my area. Here,we have several dealers that sell used or damaged pipes of differing sizes and material. You should first determine what size pipe you need to accommodate the run-off from a heavy sustained storm. Usually, such a storm would be considered a 25 year storm. You might check with your county's dept. of planning and Zoning for design criteria. Then, on the other hand, you might prefer to keep them out of your plan. Where I live, all stream beds are considered as wetlands. And, we are prohibited from doing any construction on such designated areas without first obtaining the proper permits. These are issued by the Dept of Natural Resourses.
Good luck........gfp

Harrison    Posted 01-23-2004 at 20:48:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I know a fella who used old mobile home frames to build a bridge on some land we hunted.The army corp of engineers had no problem with the bridge,however they did make him remove the twelve dump truck loads of gravel that made up the road to the bridge.Weird ain't it.I think he got the old frames for next to nothing.

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