For rural towns in Alaska and Canada, unpaved roads present a tangible threat to the very community itself. Residents are, in some places, literally confined to their houses during particularly dry seasons. Fugitive dust from unpaved roads shuts down tourism, affecting the local economy. It causes damage to vehicles, therefore requiring more repairs, increasing the financial burden on families. And the …
Both PM10 and PM2.5 fugitive dust pollution create or aggravate serious health conditions, especially in vulnerable populations like kids and the elderly.
Recent studies show that areas with higher pollution levels may be more vulnerable to coronavirus. This is especially relevant if you are responsible for maintaining any kind of unpaved road surface, from mining or industrial haul and access roads to township and county roads, to agricultural or energy farm roads.
For businesses that need cost-effective and long-lasting local infrastructure, road reclamation offers a non-invasive solution with minimal environmental impact.
Gravel roads can help municipalities save significantly on maintenance costs and lead to easier travel for residents — which is why Michigan lawmakers are considering investing in more of these unpaved surfaces.