Complaints about road dust on gravel roads are common. Communities and construction companies are always looking for dust abatement solutions to prevent the detrimental effects of gravel road dust. There are different solutions to resolve dust complaints and control dust on your gravel road.
Dust Abatement With Windbreaks
Wind and passing vehicles quickly blow dust away, causing significant environmental problems. Windbreaks prevent wind from blowing dust onto a roadway and slow the wind speed and direct flow. Windbreak installations include hedges, fences, and tall shrubberies.
Big Benefits From Speed Limits
Fast-moving vehicles stir up dust. Speed limit reduction on roadways can be an easy dust abatement solution. On some roads, reducing speed from 40 miles per hour (mph) to 20 mph has been shown to reduce fugitive dust by 65%. Examples of speed reduction techniques include speed limit signs and enforcement and speed bumps.
Less Traffic, Less Dust
Traveling vehicles are a major cause of roadway dust on gravel roads. Reducing the number of cars on a roadway can reduce dust. Ways to reduce traffic include restricting vehicles by weight or type or by limiting access to gravel roads.
Products To Increase Moisture
Moisture on the surface of gravel roads helps soil particles stick together. Popular efforts for dust abatement on gravel roads include frequent watering and use of chlorides. But these methods are temporary and can’t always withstand the large traffic volume on roads.
Binding Particles Together
Dust palliatives such as synthetic polymer dust abatement products bind fine particles and form a semi-rigid film on the road. Synthetic polymer dust control products lock-in moisture, bind to the soil to prevent dust, are long-lasting, and make the road stronger. One application of Envirotac polymer dust control products can last for up to 2 years.
A Better Option for Dust Abatement on Your Gravel Road
Environmental Products and Applications, Inc. has spent over 25 years studying and researching the interaction between unpaved roads and the environment. Rather than leaching from roadways, like so many standard dust control products, our innovative Envirotac line of non-hazardous polymers have a compounding effect of binding to the soil that increases compression strength and minimizes sediment runoff. Envirotac products have a range of accolades for being safest for the environment and human health.
Contact us to find out how our products can help you reduce the costly problems caused by dust.