Archive for Monday, January 21, 2013

County offers dust treatment for residents on gravel roads

January 21, 2013


Douglas County once again is offering a road treatment program for residents who live along gravel roads to reduce dust created by vehicles.

The "dust palliative" program involves applying liquid chemicals to gravel roads, typically in front of houses, to reduce dust. There is a $60 administrative fee, plus $1.40 per linear foot of roadway treated.

County officials say the treatment is expected to last about one year, depending on weather, road and traffic conditions. But neither the county nor the township guarantee the effectiveness of the treatments, and no refunds or re-treatments will be provided for poor performance due to required road maintenance.

Applications are available at the Douglas County Public Works Department, 1242 Massachusetts St. The county requires payment in advance for the service. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. March 8.

For further information, contact the Douglas County Public Works Department at 832-5293.


riverdrifter 5 years, 3 months ago

Paragraph #3 is the key here. I'd say 4-6 months would be the max that could be expected on most roads. After that, the effectiveness runs down quickly, but they are correct that weather and traffic cause variability. Also, the $60 "administrative fee" is excessive. That much to type on a computer for less than a minute, then print out a form?

Left_of_Lawrence 5 years, 3 months ago

I'm thinking spraying water, like at the 7th inning stretch. No guarantee, but probably works as well as the chemicals. I wonder what the chemicals are. Hmmm...

farmgal 5 years, 3 months ago

Don't drive through it if it's still wet. My son road my nice 10-speed bike through the road in front of Duane Lyon's house & then the bike was parked for the winter. Next spring, the bike was so rusted, it was basically ruined/junk. We call this the county's Rust Bucket Program. People are stupid. If you don't like the dust, move back to town. I bet all these chemicals from the run off aren't good for the environment either.

farmgal 5 years, 3 months ago

And, of course, it would be nice if people would show a little common courtesy and slow down a bit. Too many people fly down the gravel roads like they are on a 4 lane highway. Pretty rude, imo. It would be a lot less dusty if people would just slow down.

kasper 5 years, 3 months ago

chip and seal would be way more effective and over the course of time would pay for itself. whoever decides to gravel the heck out our busiest county roads is just not thinking clearly.

farmgal 5 years, 3 months ago

i agree. we get loads and loads of gravel and then when we get a measly 2 inches snow, 2 road graders come flying by & throw a huge percentage of the gravel way into the ditch, never to be recovered or used again. morons!

DustyDan 5 years, 3 months ago

There is available a proven non-toxic, non-corrosive, eco-safe polymer dust treatment that will keep the dust in place, and can be applied for pennies. ...hey Farmgal, can wash your son's 10-speed with this stuff and the only rust you'll get is from the water used for dilution! .....this is not a salt-based or petroleum-derived solution!

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