Gravel roads are unsurfaced and vary in width and function but are typically considered a type of rural road, often providing agricultural access. Most often, gravel roads serve as local roads to allow access over mobility; therefore, they are low speed, low traffic roadways. Unlike paved roads, gravel roads are not intended to sustain their original construction attributes over an extended amount of time and require routine maintenance to keep the surface functioning as planned. Consequently, understanding gravel road design, construction, and maintenance is very important.
Federal Highway Administration recently revised the Gravel Roads Construction and Maintenance Guide, which is an invaluable resource for managing gravel surfaced roads throughout the Nation and the world. Using this resource, we’ve created this web-based training (WBT) course, which addresses the basics of gravel road design, construction, and maintenance.
- Introduction to Gravel Roads
- Basics of Gravel Road Design
- Fundamentals of Base and Surface Gravel
- Dust Control
- Condition Assessment and Asset Management
Who Should Take This Course
This course is intended for local agency and tribal transportation officials, managers, and motor grader operators who are responsible for designing and maintaining gravel surfaced roads.
Accessing the Course
This training is offered via the course management system Canvas. Upon completing your online registration, you will receive an email confirmation. To access the course, please visit Canvas and login with your University of Minnesota internet ID and password. Once you have been enrolled, your course will appear on your Canvas dashboard.
If for any reason you do not have access to the course after enrolling, please contact Katherine Stanley at email@example.com for assistance.
Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer work best for this course.
- Students will earn 1.0 Roads Scholar Program Maintenance Certificate credit.
- To the best of our knowledge, this course meets the continuing education requirements for 6.0 PDHs as outlined in Minnesota Statute 326.107. More information concerning continuing education for professionals is available on the Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID website.
This course is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at the University of Minnesota. Minnesota LTAP is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Course curriculum was developed and compiled by FHWA Center for Local Aid Support in conjunction with a technical advisory panel of experts including local agencies and state DOTs.