I'm wandering is it a common practice to have an increased grade and then ease it off a bit once the bench work cross members have been cleared this is for decending to below bench top elevation to a below table staging area. I have my staging area descending track going down to a -18.5" level ( its 18.5" below bench level) decaneding at 2.5 %. I'm wandering is it practical to start with say a 2.8 - 3.0 % grade so to clear the bench sooner? Or is a better practice to keep a steady grade all the way down? I realize that I have to cut away a certain ammount of cross member ends as it is. You can see in the pic where I begin in the lower right. If I were to increase my grade to 3% upto the point where I show the -5". Will there be any dire effects going from 3% then to a 2.5% ? The blue outline denotes part of the base for the yrd by the way.