Whether you’re upgrading electrical utility infrastructure, installing a pipeline, or building a new solar farm, temporary haul road construction is often necessary to provide safe site access. Transferring heavy equipment, materials, and people requires a level, stable road that might not exist in remote areas. When you need to create a temporary road to access your project site, consider these key factors.
Terrain and Weather Conditions
When you work in remote areas, you might need to go through a private right of way, through muddy gullies, or across rocky foothills. The type of temporary access road you build will depend on the terrain, so it’s important to know what you will encounter along the route. Depending on the terrain and the work you plan to do, some areas may require heavy-duty mats, while others may need bridges, crane mats, or EPZ grounding grates.
When you do an initial site visit, think about what the site conditions might be for the duration of the project. Will the crew have to work under snowy and icy conditions? Will the dry creek bed become a stream that must be crossed? Anticipating any potential terrain and weather challenges is essential for selecting the right temporary road solutions.
Safety is a top priority for any type of construction project, including access to and from the site. When choosing a temporary road solution, think about the surface of the road and how vehicles will transition on and off it. It’s also important to ensure that the system you use stays level and stable throughout the duration of the project, which is why proper installation is essential.
Every construction site has minimum environmental requirements, and some projects will have even more stringent regulations. Whether you’re working with local landowners or navigating the restrictions around protected lands, a temporary road should have the minimum possible impact. Access mats not only reduce the potential for soil compaction that leads to stormwater runoff, but they can also help prevent the spread of invasive species.
Have a good understanding of how your temporary haul road will be used. How heavy is the equipment? What type of wheels or tracks does it have? How often will trucks be using the road? Having all of this information available will allow you to determine what types of temporary road mats are appropriate for your project.
Budget and Cost
Every project manager keeps the budget top of mind. Temporary haul road construction will always have costs associated with it, but the investment can actually help you save on the overall project budget. When evaluating your options, consider the cost of not using mats. Estimate the costs related to weather delays if the route becomes inaccessible or if environmental cleanup and replanting are required.
Use Temporary Road Mats
Using access mats to create temporary roads is a cost-effective way to create safe, efficient access while having a minimal environmental impact.
When selecting mats, work with a qualified provider that can help you choose the most cost-effective combination of mats. You can also decide whether you want to rent or buy access road mats. When making this decision, remember that not all projects have the same requirements. Depending on the location of future projects, you may want the flexibility of renting. Mat storage is also an important consideration because not all companies have the space to stack thousands of mats when they’re not in use.
When working with temporary road mats, choose trained professionals to ensure safe installation. One of the benefits of temporary haul road mats is that they can be efficiently removed and reused, sometimes even on the same project. In some cases, you may be able to reduce costs by leapfrogging as sections of the project are completed.
Access mat removal is quick, efficient, and leaves little trace of the temporary road that was once there. When you coordinate with an expert provider, mats can be loaded onto trucks as they are removed so you don’t have to worry about interim storage.
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YAK ACCESS provides comprehensive site access solutions, including temporary haul road construction. When you need temporary road access, we’ll work closely with your team to provide a safe, sustainable, and cost-effective solution. Our team has come up with creative solutions to the toughest site access challenges, so if you’re struggling with an access issue, give us a call.
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