Soil stabilized roads are a common practice in road construction. Soils exhibit undesirable engineering properties and require soil stabilization treatment to enhance their physical properties.
Soil stabilized roads are conditioned by structured layers of soil capable of carrying traffic loads. These roads have increased load-bearing capacity for supporting pavements and foundations. There are significant benefits to constructing soil stabilized roads.
1. Increased Road Material Stability
Without adequate support, roads will deteriorate quickly under the heavy load of vehicles and the weight of traffic. Soil stabilized roads provide material stability that resists deformation under repeated or sustained loads.
2. Reduced Road Maintenance Costs
Roads that have been soil stabilized do not require as much maintenance as unstabilized roads. Soil stabilized roads do not have roadway problems such as potholes, rutting, and mudding, seen in unstabilized roads. Without these maintenance costs, funds for road maintenance can be saved and used to fund other projects.
3. Saved Construction Costs
Major construction projects often encounter weather delays and setbacks due to unstable road conditions. These unforeseen delays cost companies time and money. Soil stabilized roads are less likely to encounter these delays because setbacks due to rainfall are eliminated, and road surfaces are stable for vehicles without interruption. Soil stabilized roads also save time needed to dispose of the poor-quality soil.
4. Dust is Controlled
Dust is an inherent problem in unpaved roads and at construction sites. The amount of dust that a road produces will vary based on the location, however roads located in areas with low moisture are at a higher risk for dust. Dust can bring complaints from residents in these areas and can cause dangerous working conditions for construction workers. Soil stabilized roads are treated to bind the soil particles, which reduces dust and health problems related to dust.
5. Decreased Erosion Problems
The effects of erosion can be detrimental to a construction project. A majority of construction sites encounter the risk of erosion-related problems. Soil stabilized roads have a reduced risk of the harmful effects of erosion. During soil stabilization, soil particles are bonded together. The soil sediment is sealed in place and the risk of a sloping or eroding road is virtually eliminated.
Soil stabilized roads offer multiple benefits to companies who wish to complete construction projects without interruption due to the problems associated with unstabilized roads.
The Envirotac line of erosion control polymers is a premium product for soil stabilized roads. If you require a soil stabilizer for your construction project, contact us at Environmental Products and Applications, Inc. and we can offer expert advice on which soil stabilizer is right for you.