Willow Creek Road is an unpaved area of road that runs 36 miles in Glasgow, Montana. The road is frequently used by cattle ranchers, hunters, and vacationers. It's muddy, dangerous, and a complete mess during the wet seasons. There were many attempts to rectify the problem by using gravel but to no avail due to the road's silty clay soil.
On top of that, the closest gravel pit was three hours away, making it totally ineffective and very expensive to continually add gravel to this road.
Propex GEOTEX® 200ST Woven geotextile was chosen to be placed directly down the middle of the road. GEOTEX® Woven is constructed with high-tensile strength and low elongation for dimensional stability and provides excellent load distribution which in turn would reduce rutting and extend the life of the paved and unpaved roadways. Also, it reduced the overall thickness of the road area by not needing as much aggregate during the construction.
Once GEOTEX® 200ST was installed, 6 to 8 inches of gravel was placed on top of the road followed by a grader. After completion, Valley County Commissioners Dave Pippen and Dave Reinhardt said they are experiencing the long-term benefits of using geotextile fabric on their road. Just saving one inch of gravel would pay for the fabric. The local residents also saw the benefits of installing geotextile fabric.
Wade Wentzler who is a homeowner in the nearby Pines recreation area said he usually would spend time replacing the gravel in his driveway at least every five years.
The GEOTEX® fabric will be an added benefit in the eyes of the taxpayers and the spending of taxpayer dollars.
Willow Creek Road is now a road that many people travel over and it's nothing like the days gone by. The locals in Glasgow Montana are very pleased with the work that was put into this road and never want to go back to that muddy, nasty, hazardous road of the past.