Arizona Department of Transportation Looks to Combat Dust

Arizona Department of Transportation Looks to Combat Dust

In Dust Control, EnviroKleen®, Transportation by Frank Elswick

With the state choked by a blanket of dust, Arizona’s Department of Transportation is instructing its residents to “Pull Aside, Stay Alive.” And Midwest Industrial Supply’s dust control products and services offer the best solution for concerned officials and residents alike.

As another monsoon season begins, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is reminding motorists, for the fourth year in a row, to “Pull Aside, Stay Alive.” The season brings with it heavy rains, tremendous winds, and, as residents know all too well, dangerous dust storms.

These dust storms, also known as haboobs, occur spontaneously across the state, and pose serious hazards for drivers everywhere.

ADOT wants to remind motorists of the safety issues these storms bring, and encourage residents to adjust their travel plans on particularly turbulent days. Many residents are worried about the impacts of the dust storms on their health and wellbeing, and are increasingly looking for effective solutions during this unpredictable and dangerous monsoon season.

Pull Aside, Stay Alive

Four years ago, ADOT launched the Pull Aside, Stay Alive campaign in response to increasingly hazardous driving conditions. The campaign informs residents of the dangers of dust storms, and outlines just what to do if a motorist is caught in a storm while driving.

And with the recent addition of public service announcements and a series of helpful videos, ADOT hopes to broaden the campaign’s reach and strengthen citizens’ understanding of the storm’s dangers.

Monsoon season generally lasts from around the start of Summer in mid-June to the end of September, but most residents can’t afford to simply not drive for months at a time. This means proceeding with daily caution along roadways, paying close attention to storm warnings, and knowing when to simply call it quits.

That said, the delays can be long and disruptive to businesses, which takes both an emotional and financial toll on communities all over the state.

And storms often have greater, farther-reaching effects than just dangerous driving conditions: many residents have lost power as a result of severe storms, and the permeating clouds irritate the eyes and cause respiratory problems. Furthermore, the after-effects of dust storms — like their required cleanup — can be costly for residents and businesses alike.

Considering Midwest’s Dust Control Solution

And while little to nothing can be done to combat the dust particles blown in from the desert, Arizona can do everything in its power to ensure that roadway dust is minimized. Midwest Industrial Supply, Inc. delivers environmentally-friendly, effective, and cost-efficient dust control solutions.

Midwest’s market-leading R&D team has developed a gamut of products and services, like its EnviroKleen® product, to combat dust-related problems in a variety of dangerous scenarios. By reaching out to a third party, Arizona’s DOT could lessen the adverse effects of monsoon season for businesses and residents alike.

Midwest products use less water than traditional solutions, and are site-specific, which ensures resources are not unnecessarily drained. Furthermore, they’re non-water soluble, meaning they can withstand the harshest of conditions.

After the Dust Settles

While monsoon season is just beginning in Arizona, the annual dust storms don’t need to be a continual source of anguish for residents. Midwest can help ensure that, as much as possible, the dust stays on the ground — where it belongs.

With over four decades of industry experience, Midwest can assure the residents of Arizona that they’re receiving the best solutions for both local communities and the environment.

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