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Treatments for cattle crossings on roads

  • 1.  Treatments for cattle crossings on roads

    Posted 06 August 2019 20:58
    Hi all,

    I'm interested to know differing ideas and treatments people have come up with to deal with cattle crossing roads at grade (typically on sprayed seal) particularly where an underpass is not viable/practical/cost effective.

    I'm sure that we are not the only Shire with similar issues in management of these situations.

    The problem we have noticed is that the seal binder integrity seems compromised at these locations from a combination of hoof action and possible biological deterioration of the binder from urine and manure.

    One idea we have thought of is the use of a localised asphalt patch at the crossing locations.  We think the addition of cement and a polymer in the binder may reduce the deterioration over time.  We are also trying to balance the operational needs of adjacent dairies and traffic constraints.

    What other ideas/treatments have people developed that they have found effective in reducing maintenance issues and prolonging the life of the asset?

    Thanks,

    Gary

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    Gary Louie
    Asset Management Co-ordinator
    Bega Valley Shire Council
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  • 2.  RE: Treatments for cattle crossings on roads

    Posted 08 August 2019 00:12
    Hi Gary,
    I have seen several ways to manage this:
    1. Use of conveyor belts or similar to put across the road to cover the area.
    2. Mandating that the owner have a hose or similar located next to the road to clean down the area after each use.
    3. Returning areas to gravel.
    4. Council providing incentives for stock a stock underpass - see Policy No. 2 (https://www.meander.tas.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/MVC%20POLICY%20MANUAL%20-%20June%202018.pdf
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    I haven't had a lot of success in getting farmers to keep their stock crossings clean though. All too hard and difficult to Police. We did find success in farmers wanting to install underpasses, especially when you increase compliance requirements e.g. traffic management, safety etc. They also see benefits in being able to have automatic gate opening and being able to sleep in while the cows make their way to the shed.

    Cheers,

    Ted

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