Unpaved roads aren't just uncomfortable to drive on. Given the amount of dust that driving in such roads causes, having unpaved roads in your area is likely to cause both environmental and health problems. It sometimes feels like paving the roads is the only solution when it comes to getting rid of road dust problems.

However, given the costs and the time that it takes to pave a road, you may be looking for other short-term options. Luckily, there are cheaper and faster methods of getting rid of a dust problem on an unpaved road while you get your paving plans in order. Here are some tips that will come in handy in helping you do so.

Using water

Watering the road with the help of water trucks is an effective way to control the amount of dust that an unpaved road gives off. It works because water makes dust particles to stick together and thus reducing their chances of being blown away.

The best technique to adopt when using water for dust elimination is regular light watering. This is because water evaporates, leaving the soil particles dry and dusty again. The regular watering ensures a persistent moist surface that keeps dust at bay. This is way better than heavy once-in-a-while watering which usually makes an unpaved road muddy and then leaves you with the same dusty surface again once the water evaporates.

Using gravel

A layer of gravel provides a compact surface on which vehicles can comfortably move. And because gravel particles are heavy and stay in place better than soils on most unpaved roads, applying a layer of gravel on an unpaved road will provide a buffer between the wheels of vehicles and the easy-to-blow-away soil of the road.

A mixture of soil adhesives and gravel forms a better buffer layer. You'll get the same benefit from a mixture of gravel and other soil aggregates. It is therefore advisable that you use either mixture if you want a longer-lasting solution to your dust problem.

Using deliquescent salts

Applying deliquescent salts on an unpaved road has the same effect as watering the road without the need of running watering trucks up and down the road. This is because these salts naturally absorb air water. Doing so usually ensures an ample supply of water on a road's surface. This usually decreases the chances of dust being blown from the road. Magnesium chloride and calcium chloride are examples of salts that you can use.

Companies like GMCO Corporation can provide you with other suggestions to keep road dust at bay.