Mission-Oriented Dust Control and Surface Improvement Processes for Unpaved Roads, HR-194, 1981

(1981) Mission-Oriented Dust Control and Surface Improvement Processes for Unpaved Roads, HR-194, 1981. Transportation, Department of


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Six subject areas prompted the broad field of inquiry of this mission-oriented dust control and surface improvement project for unpaved roads: • DUST--Hundreds of thousands of tons of dust are created annually by vehicles on Iowa's 70,000 miles of unpaved roads and streets. Such dust is often regarded as a nuisance by Iowa's highway engineers. • REGULATIONS--Establishment of "fugitive dust" regulations by the Iowa DEQ in 1971 has created debates, conferences, legal opinions, financial responsibilities, and limited compromises regarding "reasonable precaution" and "ordinary travel," both terms being undefined judgment factors. • THE PUBLIC--Increased awareness by the public that regulations regarding dust do in fact exist creates a discord of telephone calls, petitions, and increasing numbers of legal citations. Both engineers and politicians are frustrated into allowing either the courts or regulatory agencies to resolve what is basically a professional engineering responsibility. • COST--Economics seldom appear as a tenet of regulatory strategies, and in the case of "fugitive dust," four-way struggles often occur between the highway professions, political bodies, regulatory agencies, and the general public as to who is responsible, what can be done, how much it will cost, or why it wasn't done yesterday. • CONFUSION--The engineer lacks authority, and guidelines and specifications to design and construct a low-cost surf acing system are nebulous, i.e., construct something between the present crushed stone/gravel surface and a high-type pavement. • SOLUTION--The engineer must demonstrate that dust control and surface improvement may be engineered at a reasonable cost to the public, so that a higher degree of regulatory responsibility can be vested in engineering solutions.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Costs, Dust control, Regulations, Surface treating, Unpaved roads
Subjects: Transportation
Transportation > Materials
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > Economics, finance, and taxes
Transportation > Law and policies
Transportation > Maintenance and preservation
ID Code: 19640
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2015 15:19
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2015 15:19
URI: https://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/19640