Road Dust Control
Road dust control has many solutions, some that work and some that don't, but are they necessary? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, road dust control is the largest cause to particulate air pollution in America. The quantity of dust that is produced by unpaved roads is five times greater than two other contributors, which are construction activities and wind erosion. Not only is dust from these roads a nuisance, but they have been cited in many cases of respiratory illness for humans that live near areas in need of road dust control.
Our product Top-Seal sits on the leading edge of technology for products specifically designed with dust control, fugitive dust, road dust control, soil stabilization, erosion control and soil permeability enhancement as the end objective. For more information regarding Top-Seal please visit our main product page.
A study from the state of Iowa was conducted to see exactly how much an unpaved road without road dust control and associated traffic would cause particulate air pollution. The results were amazing. They showed that for every vehicle that travels over an unpaved road for one mile, one ton of dust is created annually. This is interpreted as for every 500 trucks or cars that travel over 100 miles of these roads that 50,000 tons of dust is thrown up into the surrounding air every year.
This also means that for every mile of unpaved road lacking road dust control, that a ton of material from that road is removed every year for every automobile that travels on it. Without the help of wind, this nuisance dust can travel up to 500 feet from the road into the air. Not only is this affecting the inhabitants near a busy unpaved road, but this dust also negatively impacts the growth of plant life. For these reasons the need for road dust control is real.
There are many products available for help with unpaved road dust control, but none come close to the abilities of Top-Seal.