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Beaulieu IndustriesWe’ve all been there. We’re running late for work, school or picking up the kids from daycare and there’s a plow truck in front of us crawling at a snails pace. We sigh, slam our hands on the steering wheel and glance at the time all while saying come on, come on. Should you blow the horn? Make a pass?

No, unless it’s a two lane road and there is plenty of room to safely make a go around. Chances are if you’re out braving the storm with the public works department, the roads are slick and narrow as it is.

The best advice is to slow down and be patient. If you are attempting a pass on a two lane road, make sure you can see who’s coming at you and behind. The last thing you want is to cause a crash or end up in the ditch – then you’ll really be late to wherever it is you’re going.

Safety Tips for Following Snow Vehicles

  • Remember, if you can’t see their mirrors, they can’t see you
  • Drivers have a limited view in their trucks, so they may not see you
  • Snow plows can extend up to several feet beyond the truck
  • Leave room for plow trucks no matter which lanes they are traveling in
  • Chances are, the plow will cross over the center line or lane divider
  • Watch out for snow flying up and around the plow truck, it will reduce visibility
  • NEVER pass on a hill, curve, bridge or ramp
  • Not all snow vehicles are city vehicles (many cities use local contractors for snow work)

Please remember that plow trucks and city sanders are out working hard to keep our roads, schools and city parking lots clean and clear, and most importantly, safe for us to use. After all, we at Beaulieu Industries should know, we’ve been plowing for the city of Lewiston for over 30 years and we’ve pretty much seen it all when it comes to winter and road safety in Maine.

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Has your driveway or gravel road experienced a washout due to a recent heavy rain? If so, what can you do to repair the problem and prevent it from happening again?

Why the Washout?

If you’ve experienced a washout on your property it’s important to understand why it occurred in the first place. This understanding will help you prevent the problem from happening again in the future.

Heavy rains or floods can easily wash away loose gravel and other topsoil. A steady stream of water rushing across the driveway picks up and carries loose sediment leaving behind an unsightly and sometimes dangerous washout.

When excess water falls and has no where to go, it either pools or gets backed up in an existing drainage system and causes a flood, or it creates a make shift stream and flows down the nearest slope.

Prevention through Drainage

While we can’t control Mother Nature, we do have a say in where the excess water she leaves behind goes. Ensuring your driveway or gravel road has proper drainage is the first step towards preventing a washout.

Drainage ditches along the sides of the driveway or road provide a place for excess water to flow. Ditches direct the water to the sewer or another exit root such as a stream on the property. Drainage ditches, though they can be dressed up to fit into the landscape, should be kept free and clear to prevent water from pooling or backing up.

In some cases where a stream runs across the roadway, a culvert must be installed to allow the water to flow unobstructed. Installing the right culvert (size) makes all the difference during heavy rains or snow melt. The culvert needs to be large enough to allow enough water to flow through without getting backed up.

In other cases, drainage ditches are designed to empty water into the stream where it then flows through the culvert and away from the road to another body of water.

Washout Repair

When the rain and flooding has gone, it’s time to repair the washout. Washouts are unsafe and can cause damage to vehicles low to ground when traveled over. Sometimes, a washout is so severe that a gaping hole has been left behind and there is no safe passage over or around it.

When this happens, it’s best to hire an experienced general contractor to come in and fix the issue. The contractor will assess the situation and haul in new materials (gravel, etc.) to repair the washout.

Having the work done by an experienced general contractor makes your driveway and roadway safe to travel on once again and helps to prevent future washouts. Your general contractor can identify and repair any drainage issues that may have caused the washout in the first place.

Washout Repair in Central Maine

Beaulieu Industries is an experienced general contractor servicing central Maine. Based out of Lewiston, we are here to repair your washouts and provide solutions to your other general contracting needs. Contact us today for a free site-evaluation and free estimate.

Safety First

Always think safety first. Never drive through a flooded roadway because you never know if the road underneath has been washed away. Stop, turn around and take another route.

If you run into flooding along any roadway, follow these safety tips provided by the National Weather Service.

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