If you live on a particularly dusty road, either in the city or out in the middle of nowhere, you might be wondering how you can fix this problem. The dust that is constantly stirred up clogs up the air and clings to everything, making it look like you are driving through a dust bowl. There are three industrial products you can purchase and apply to the street or road on which you live, and none of these require that you pave the road with new asphalt first. (Just be sure to check with your local ordinances before purchasing and requesting the application of any of these products.) Here are those products, along with a brief description on how they work.

Diluted Petroleum Agents

Although diluted petroleum agents are not used that often, they may be an option for your street if your city or state decides it is going to pave or repave the street. The diluted petroleum agents keep the dust down on the ground after the street or road has been leveled and prepped for asphalt. Additional applications may be used on unfinished or unrepaired segments of your street while the construction crews lay fresh asphalt on another section. You can drive over these areas and not disturb this dust control product, which makes it ideal for high-traffic roads and streets that are currently being worked on.

Calcium Chloride

Calcium chloride is one of nature's sponges. It soaks up rainwater and humidity and holds onto it for very long periods of time.  Because it holds on to moisture so well, any dust that is stirred up tends to cling to the moistened calcium chloride, and therefore does not rise into the air or stick to vehicles. Regular applications may be needed, but it is effective on both paved and unpaved roads.

Biopolymer Dust Control Agents

These products are manufactured to be very eco-friendly. While adhering to loose dust and containing it or encapsulating it, these biopolymers are able to break down slowly and cause no damage to the air, the soil or the water nearby. (They are sometimes referred to as "soil glue" or "dust glue" because of their natures, but "glue" in this case is a bit of a misnomer since no glue is actually involved.) If you want to contain road dust on a greater level, or just contain it on a back country road where you live, these biopolymers work well for that.Talk to a control manufacturer, like GMCO Corporation, for more help.