Thursday, June 21, 2012

Calade - Dry Laid Road Gutters


A paved roadways constructed with dry laid stone on edge in a bed of sand, tightly together. The examples show are road drains still in use. Great examples of work build over 100 years ago and still in use. This building practice offers a great GREEN solution with the best long term return on your money.


The Roland Park Company developed Plat 3 1905.  Image located 308 Club Road between Shady Lane and Beechdale Road Roland Park Maryland. In the process of building the homes in the area a great deal of stone waste existed. Instead of removing material off site these small stones were used to help offer a great solution to a needed part of road control water run off. Small stones with clay bricks used to create a road gutters in the neighborhood. Stilll in use today. Photos and copy courtesy of Mark Jurus - Rockin Walls.


As Glendale was growing around the turn of the century the excavations produced a lot of fieldstone. The new foundations were usually made of Indiana limestone so the fieldstone had to go somewhere. The roads were going from dirt roads to gravel. The street gutters were made to catch runoff from the roads and were placed 12 to 18 inches deep and the joint were filled with cinder from furnaces. Most of the street gutters are still there, but have been covered with many layers of asphalt over the decades. Some are still exposed as you can see from the photos, but notice how high the asphalt is compared to the stone gutters. Elevation change and weeds can be a problem. 

E. Fountain Ave. in Glendale, Ohio. Glendale was incorporated in 1855  and is a National Historic Landmark.  Photos and copy courtesy of Neil White

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