Dust Control on City-Owned Gravel Roads

Published on Jun 29, 2018 at 09:13a.m.

Four years ago, the Minnetrista City Council decided it would be beneficial to treat all City-owned gravel roads for dust control. Last year it was decided to move that dust control to an in-house operation, and the City is launching that new program this year to address dust concerns.

The City recently purchased the necessary equipment for applying dust control chemicals in-house, and Public Works staff will be starting this operation the week of July 2, 2018. In the past once the gravel roads were graded, a vendor was hired to apply dust control chemicals one time per season. This one time application was expensive, and once applied, the roads were not touched again until maintenance was an absolute necessity. With the in-house application, Public Works crews can monitor the conditions of the gravel roads and re-grade and re-apply dust control chemicals as needed through out the season.

Since this is a new program for the City, there will be a learning curve for the Public Works Staff. They will be experimenting with application rates and patterns to determine what works best. With that said, please be patient. In certain areas, dusty conditions may return faster than expected. Once the proper techniques are finalized, the results achieved will be pronounced.

The City would like to thank citizens for their understanding and patience while this new infrastructure work is being completed.

For everyone's safety, drivers are reminded to slow down in areas where the application is being applied and to please keep their distance from the back of the truck to keep from getting any overspray on their vehicle. Please remember - workers and their families are relying on you.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Public Works at 952-446-1312.

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