Better Solutions for Unpaved Roads

In Dust Control, Soil Stabilization, Unpaved Roads by Frank Elswick

For one small town in Colorado, dust generated by dirt roads is a huge problem. Midwest offers solutions for dealing with dust on a budget.

People in Pueblo West, Colorado are frustrated. For years, according to KDRO, public officials have promised to pave the dirt road running through the center of town. Yet today, it remains unpaved. When cars drive through Pueblo West, homes and yards are left covered in dust.

Both an eyesore and a health concern, the town’s thoroughfare has become a serious issue within the community. Unfortunately, public officials have estimated that paving the road would drain as much as half of the county’s roadwork funds.

What’s the Deal With Road Dust?

The citizens of Pueblo West are right to be so upset. Road dust doesn’t just look bad; it can negatively affect health. According to the EPA, road dust is made of small, coarse particles that can trigger and aggravate heart and lung conditions, including asthma.

The dust from unpaved roads also causes safety and environmental complications. Water, wind, traffic, and snowmelt can carry dust particles away. These materials end up in streams and rivers, destroying aquatic habitats and degrading water quality. Moreover, without proper dust control, potholes and washboarding can become widespread problems.

Road Maintenance Options

Midwest Industrial Supply, Inc. is nationally recognized for its ability to eliminate road dust. If you’re looking for cost-effective and environmentally conscious solutions, Midwest offers several options.

New technology means that it is possible to maintain unpaved roads in a cost-efficient way while minimizing dust. Both gravel and paved roads require proper management, but gravel roads installed and maintained with the latest materials are now a better option than ever before.

Midwest manufactures several products that control gravel and dirt roads. EnviroKleen® and EK35® are two of our re-workable, active and environmentally certified products for dusty roads. The polymeric binder systems in each product capture fine dust, preventing it from escaping.

Dust Fyghter® LN100 and Road Oyl® are also great solutions for unruly roads. Dust Fyghter® LN100 is a lignin dust controller that binds dust particles together, acting as a natural cement. Dust Fyghter® continuously absorbs moisture from the air and locks it into the road surface. Road Oyl® is a resin-modified emulsion treatment for bare earth and unpaved surfaces.

Our Soil-Sement® products also excel in functionality. Soil-Sement is the foundation of our dust-control product line. It’s an environmentally certified nanotechnology polymer that has been tested on roads across the U.S. The Soil-Sement Engineered Formula® is a high performance stabilization system that creates an impenetrable, durable surface with superior compressive strength–perfect for dirt or gravel roads.

Lastly, our E-Sprayer™ Dust Control Spray System is a portable, versatile, and compact do-it-yourself spraying system. The E-Sprayer was specifically developed to make using our products easy and affordable for customers.

Midwest’s Services

With your budget in mind, Midwest works to provide you with the best possible service. Our Dust Service Control Program is a great option for smaller communities looking to reduce dust. A Midwest Dust Control Service Program guarantees results. Midwest establishes, monitors, and maintains a prescribed-and-agreed upon dust level over the course of a contract.

Additionally, we reduce the strain on internal resources, agree on fixed annual expenses that can be billed in equal monthly payments, and provide unrivalled customer service by giving you a single point of contact with one of our dedicated customer service providers. Midwest will be on call around the clock, seven days out of the week.

By becoming familiar with your roads through various seasons and weather conditions, we are able to respond to site-specific scenarios. To ensure compliance to our standards, we will continue improving your dust control program by adjusting it to the needs of your local context.

Our optional services include turnkey application, with delivery or application at any time, environmental compliance support to help you maintain regulatory compliance mandates across multiple industries, and laboratory soil testing on a wide range of soils.

You can depend on Midwest for quality road installation and maintenance. Our stabilization techniques ensure that your roads meet the needs of your community. If you are interested in learning more about our products or services, feel free to contact us.

Frank is the sales unit manager of Midwest's road construction and natural paving markets.