Source: Sherman Publications

RCOC offers dirt road dust control

March 09, 2011

Oakland County residents who live on gravel roads can participate in the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) dust-control program by submitting an application for the service by May 2.

Those who sign up will receive an application of mineral-well brine, a naturally occurring salt water pumped from the ground, on gravel roads four times during summer.

When applied to gravel roads, the brine draws moisture from the air and ground, which helps bind materials in the road surface, reducing airborne dust and providing a better driving surface.

The cost is 39 cents per linear foot of road. Residents living on subdivision streets must pay for a minimum of 1,000 linear feet of application ($390), and must coordinate with their neighbors - only one check will be accepted for each order.

On mile-type gravel roads, orders require a minimum of 500 feet with no more than one skipped section. Mile-type roads more than 500 feet long will be limited to two skips. Private roads are not included eligible.

To place an order, residents must submit a dust control application obtained from RCOC offices, 2420 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford or by calling 877-858-4804.