Providing Resources to Manage Road Dust
There are millions of miles of unsealed roads around the world which are managed by a wide assortment of national, state, and local authorities as well as private entities. Unacceptable levels of dust, poor riding quality, and impassability in wet weather are experienced on much of this global unsealed road network. Although it is acknowledged that these roads are fundamental to the economies of almost every country in the world, many of the management practices followed leave much to be desired, with programs for dust control, chemical stabilization, low-cost upgrading, etc., largely overlooked.
In recognition of this, the Road Dust Institute is being developed to…”provide tools to manage dust on transportation facilities through research, education and technology transfer thereby supporting improvements in health, safety, mobility, environmental sustainability and livability. RDI's unique knowledge, experience and capabilities provides for collaboration, partnering and consolidation of resources to address the needs of industry, government and other stakeholders to reduce the impacts of dust.”
We are a group of organizations dedicated to all things related to road dust management and research. Currently we are composed of the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University, University of Alaska, Fairbanks–University Transportation Center, Federal Highway Administration-Central Federal Lands Highway Division, University of Nevada–Las Vegas and University of California–Davis Pave-ment Research Center. We are always looking for new members!
A recent iniative by Compass Minerals has resulted in the Gravel Roads Academy. They are offering training on how to better maintain your gravel roads for superior stabilization, greater cost savings and better air quality. Click here to view their curriculum.
Federal health officials are calling for protective measures at job sites where workers may be exposed to erionite, a cancer-causing mineral similar to asbestos that is found in rock and soil in at least a dozen western states. Read story on msnbc.com or view the CDC NIOSH Blog.