We’re hoping to get at least 25 years out of this asphalt trail, which wouldn’t be possible if we hadn’t done any treatment on it.
Installed in 2012, we were starting to see a few cracks. I did some research, looking into Gee Asphalt. The GSB-88® asphalt preservation product looked like a really good option for us.
Franklin County Conservation takes care of 17 miles of bike trail and about 4 miles of asphalt trails. The rest is crushed lime. We are also responsible for over 22 parks totaling over 2000 acres, so we have a lot to manage with a limited budget. We try to make the most of every dollar we do have.
Most trail systems are grant-funded for the actual construction. Then, with the various grants, we have to sign a contract with a maintenance agreement. Some of them (grant-funded contracts) are 25 or 30 years.
With The Rolling Prairie Trail, we want to make sure to fulfill our end of that contract in maintaining this trail for at least 25 years. So, that’s another major reason that we decided to go ahead with the Gee Asphalt GSB-88® treatment—to save some money in the long run and avoid having to do a replacement.
We are really excited to see how it goes