Accession Number:

ADA305059

Title:

Road Management Plan and Workshop, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS GEOTECHNICAL LAB

Report Date:

1995-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

125.0

Abstract:

This report presents a decision framework for road management and planning at Eglin AFB, FL. The need for a road plan was denied in the Natural Resource Management Plan. The extent of the problem is enormous because Eglin has an extensive network consisting of approximately 1,500 miles of roads. Two interrelated problems exist 1 costs of maintaining the roads, and 2 environmental impacts. The report focuses on the second issue. The sandy nature of the installation causes chronic maintenance as well as erosion problems. In addition, road material derived from borrow pits has economic and environmental costs. The unpaved roads and clay pits act as sources of sediment which may be transported into nearby streams. Sedimentation has potential adverse impact to wetlands and stream ecology. To address these problems, a road management workshop was held to offer solutions by reaching a consensus among the various road users. Synthesis of the workshop resulted in the following conclusions 1 establish a road task force, 2 inventory the road system in terms of mission needs, traffic volume, maintenance conditions, and environmental concerns, 3 enter data into a geographical information system for automated decision making, 4 use weighted criteria to open or close roads, 5 adopt standards for open road construction and maintenance, 6 close roads either temporarily or permanently, and 7 annually review progress. Following these recommendations will result in reducing maintenance costs and minimizing environmental consequences of roads. MM

Subject Categories:

  • Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commercial and General Aviation
  • Ecology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE