An overwhelming number of roads in the United States are unpaved, presenting several challenges to many industries. As construction projects are planned, road dust control becomes a primary concern. Fortunately, there are dust control products that reduce fugitive dust and ensure construction projects continue without delay.
Safety Is the Primary Concern for Road Dust Control
Across many industries and sectors, including transportation, parking lots, mining, military, and construction, road dust control remains at the forefront of planning. Because dust creates dangerous conditions for workers and the community, suppressing dust on unpaved roads is extremely important to an area's safety.
Road Dust Control Solutions
The best road dust control solution to your project will vary based on your industry and your plan's scope. These are the 5 best road dust control solutions to eliminate fugitive dust on your construction site.
Significant problems arise when dust is blown away by wind or passing vehicles. Windbreaks prevent wind from blowing dust onto a roadway and are designed to slow the wind speed and direct flow. Examples of windbreaks include installing hedges, tall shrubberies, fences, or berms.
Water helps bind fine soil particles on unpaved roads. Spraying water onto the topsoil of a roadway prevents the soil particles from blowing away in the wind. Water is a good road dust control method for humid areas. When applied alone, water can provide a short-term reduction in dust.
3. Vehicle Speed Reduction
Fast-moving cars stir up dust. Reducing vehicles' speed on a roadway can be one of the most straightforward road dust control solutions. In some places, reducing speed from 40 miles per hour (mph) to 20 mph has been shown to reduce fugitive dust by 65%.
Gravel applied to dirt roads can reduce dust. Gravel provides a hard surface that protects the soil from heavy vehicles. However, to be most effective, gravel must be anchored to the road surface, such as mixing it with aggregate mixes or soil adhesives.
5. Polymer Dust Control
For long-lasting road dust control, polymer alternatives are considered the best solution. Polymers, such as Envirotac polymers, increase the compression strength and load-bearing capability of unpaved roads. Envirotac polymers do not require constant reapplication and eliminate fugitive dust from leaving your site.
What is the Best Road Dust Control Method for You?
The Envirotac line of dust control polymers is a premium product to control dust on unpaved roads. If you require a road dust control solution for your construction project, contact us at Environmental Products and Applications, Inc., and we can offer expert advice on which product is right for you.