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Question DetailsAsked on 6/10/2016

Fill dirt company in decatur illinois

I need dirt to fill my ditch

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I need dirt to fill my ditch in Decatur Illinois 62526

Answered 4 years ago by junebunch30


You did not say what the ditch is for or from - if looking for bedding material for a water or sewer pipe say then usually a coarse sand or pea gravel is used for about a 6 inch bedding layer under, around, and over the pipe so there are no large rocks or soft material right around the pipe which could lead to punctures or excessive bending when it is backfilled. IF for a culvert, usually a specially graded drain bedding so it does not wash out around the culvert, with coarser crushed rock or gravel at the outlet to prevent erosion of the drain gravel if it is carrying water, and an impervious fill at the upstream end to prevent bypass flow. If for utility lines they commonly just rebury with the excavated material, though a few inches of sand bedding all around it is better practice.

For general fill, depending on waht the ditch is from, for a fairly shallow ditch (maybe a low ditch trace a year or so after backfilling) you might use a 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch minus gravel or crushed rock like is commonly used as driveway/street base material if you intend to topsoil and restore lawn over it. If a deep ditch (over a foot or more deep) and you need a lot of material, commonly about 4" or 6" minus "general fill" material would be used for the bulk filling, then a few to six inch layer of the 1/2 or 3/4" minus over the top to retain topsoil and provide a smoother surface.

Make sure you are not filling a ditch that will cause drainage issues for your property or neighbors or a public road or cause water to enter your baasement, and if it crosses several properties or runs along the road check with city/county public works and/or road department first to be sure it is not a public drainage ditch you should not fill. IF this is a drainage type ditch, as opposed to a utility ditch

And don't forget your friend and mine the EPA - if marked on county planning maps as wetlands, is chronically wet or damp, or has swampy or marshy ground or vegetation it is probably a wetland and you would have to get EPA and Corps of Engineers permits, as well as likely local Planning and Zoning permits to fill it - if permitted at all. Do NOT fill in any established waterway (creek, rill, etc) or the least bit marshy or swampy lands or drainages which flow or have standing water other than only just right after rainfalls or during snowmelt without a permit check - can run up to $250,000 per day for violations now - and generally around $10,000/day for even relatively minor violations - PLUS you have to restore the land to the original condition to the EPA's satisfaction before they stop counting the violation days - so don't take a chance.

Your Search the List category for a provider is Stone and Gravel, or if looking for truckloads of random fill (be careful they don't dump oil contaminated soil, big rocks, construction or demolition or clearing debris on you though) then many Excavation contractors generate waste random material from their jobs.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD



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