Only a few days ago I finished a road from our house to the barn so I don't have to put boots on when it rains and I was real proud of the results. Five loads of road base, five loads of crushed granite and a few hours of tractor seat time (and $$$) did the trick. Two days ago we had a frog strangler rain (almost 7" per hour rain rate) and received a much needed 1.76" or rain. What I didn't figure was my new road made a nice berm until part of it washed away. Our property slopes from north to south and there's about 250' of land for runoff to accumulate on the north side of my road.
I'm going to place two or three east-west lines of rock to act as a catch for runoff and to slow it down but I would also like to make some kind of culvert in the road to carry runoff away. I really don't want to buy a large steel culvert, I'd have to do a bunch of excavation to place the pipe and I don't think I need something that large anyway.
I've thought about laying some 4x4 (or 8x8) PT timbers spaced maybe a foot apart perpendicular to the drive but they would probably get clogged up with leaves. Another thought was getting some drain pipe at Lowes but I'm not sure if the tractor would crush plastic pipe. I have a bunch of old steel pipe that I could make something like a cattle guard but I would need to line the ditch with wood or concrete (or whatever.)
Any ideas for something fairly simple to carry runoff away?