Over the last few weekends our friend has moved a great deal of dirt! See Part 1 and Part 2 to get a sense of the change over the last year. He’s been able to work efficiently with the excavator and a dump truck. A friend of his has been driving the dump truck unloading dirt on our adjacent property. See them working on the road:
We hope that in the next couple weeks we’ll be able to get the town engineer to come verify the elevation for us so we can be ready for gravel. So much gravel! I looked at the Covenant again recently to check our dates. We have until September 1st to complete the base coat of the road (they gave us two years). If we think we will be behind schedule we can request an extension from the town planning board. Yep, back to the planning board if we need to! I hope that by the middle of July we’ll have a good sense of whether we’ll need the extension. The top coat can be applied after the homes are complete if it doesn’t take a while.
Here’s a view in the other direction:
Much of the trees and brush on the lefthand side will probably be pulled down. It’s mostly invasive junk plus a couple nice large trees. It would be great if we could keep the trees but it depends on where our driveway ends up. Somewhere over on the left where you see the piles of rocks will be our driveway.
Fortunately we have a lot of spare land to drop our materials.
Each of those smaller dirt piles is a dump truck load of dirt. It’s a lot of dirt. We have some plans for this to be used as fill around the properties. Our friend’s lot will need some build up so that their garage is at the same level as the road. There are also some very deep ruts in the wooded paths from ATVs that would be well served by this dirt. I foresee some fun dirt-filled cart hauling in our future.