For many years the power transmission industry has utilized temporary matting within its right-of-ways and easements as means of providing stable and reliable road surfaces for its maintenance vehicles and equipment for work needed to service overhead lines, towers and poles.
In recent times, environmental conscientiousness and tougher regulation has increased the demand for matting to minimize impact in environmentally sensitive areas, wetlands, agricultural regions and private land owner properties. These types of areas are very prevalent along the eastern seaboard of the United States and lend themselves to the use of matting as the soils often saturated, soft, very loose or a combination thereof.
Individual mats typically utilized by Hillis-Carnes are 8 x 14 feet in dimension, weigh approximately 1,000 pounds and are constructed of a combination of timber (hardwoods) and rubber inserts. Other types of composite matting are available and utilized to compensate for varying site conditions. Our crews can install approximately 1,000 to 1,200 linear feet of road per day with a two man crew. Equipment utilized to install and remove the mats are either a wheel loaders or lulls with steel forks.