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January 23, 2022
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Dust Abatement

Dust abatement application

Download your 2021 Application & Brochure below.  May 10, 2021, is the deadline to apply.

Our Dust Abatement Program provides an option for gravel road residents who are troubled by the amount of dust generated by traffic on the roadway during the dry summer months.  This program is available for roads maintained by the county as well as roads known as "local access roads" which are public roads yet are maintained by local residents.  For residents living along private roads, please contact a contractor directly to inquire about cost and availability for your particular situation.

We accept requests every year from residents to apply dust control product to roads for dust abatement.  On county-maintained roads, the county shares in the cost of this program due to a partial cost savings related to a decreased need to grade the road during the summer months.  On local access roads, the full cost is paid by the residents.  Prices and details can vary each year.

Please contact our office if you would like to be placed on our mailing list for the upcoming year.  In general, we mail postcard reminders to interested parties during March each year.  Payments are received prior to a set deadline to allow us adequate time to make all the plans needed for application of the product on the road.  The minimum length of treatment is 500 feet.  Typical application width is 16 feet.

Application of the product is usually done in the late-spring or early summer. Steps related to dust abatement application include:

  • Some basic preparation of the road surface is usually required ahead of time, such as grading.  This is normally done within 1-3 days of the anticipated application date.
  • The application of the product is usually accomplished in a single day with a truck typically making two passes over the roadway; one immediately following the other.  There is sometimes variability determined by several factors, including the aggregate surface being treated.
  • During and after application, the road will be closed for up to four hours to apply the product and let it set up.  While emergency vehicles could use the road if needed, it is best if residents refrain from driving on the road during this closure period.  Any driving absolutely necessary before curing should be done at VERY slow speeds (1-5 MPH) to avoid getting product on the vehicle and any product on the vehicle should be removed immediately using a hot water/steam pressure washer.

The duration and degree of effectiveness in reducing dust is dependent on a lot of variables. Primarily high volumes of traffic, high speeds, and heavy truck traffic can decrease effectiveness. Additionally, if the road needs to be regraded due to potholes or excessive roughness the dust abatement qualities of the application will decrease substantially.  More gravel road maintenance tips are available on our website.