Aggregate Roads Dust Control: A Brief Synthesis of Current Practices

More than 50 percent of United States roadways are gravel roads, making them a vital part of the transportation system. One of the drawbacks and biggest complaints about gravel roads is the dust they produce when vehicles drive over them. Residents that live on gravel roads deal with the dust that settles on their homes, yards, and parked cars, potentially reducing their quality of life. Dust can also have adverse effects on air quality and the environment and reduce the safety for drivers due to impaired vision. To control the dust on gravel roads, local agencies apply various dust suppressants on their roadways, mainly calcium chloride and magnesium chloride. However, many other dust suppressant options exist. The Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) has developed this document to provide local agencies with a summary of research that has been completed on various dust suppressants, their effectiveness, and impacts. Results from two surveys that document dust suppressants that local agencies (within Minnesota and Iowa) use is included as well.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 40p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01522383
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MN/RC – 2013RIC67, 2013RIC6.7
  • Contract Numbers: 2011-074, Task 6.7
  • Created Date: Apr 10 2014 2:44PM