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No-Cost Dust Control Activities

Each year, dust control agents are applied to certain municipal roadways at no charge to homeowners. These roadway types include:

  • Major intersections
  • Hazardous school bus stops due to poor alignments
  • Hamlets
  • Extensive residential developed areas
  • Cemeteries
  • Industrial parks
  • Residences located within 100 metres of local roads on which traffic flows in excess of 150 vehicles daily

Private Dust Abatement Services

One frustrating aspect of rural living is the dust that's often produced by traffic on gravel roads. The Transportation department offers help in suppressing commonly-occurring road dust that can pose a safety hazard as well as a nuisance for rural residents.

The MD Uses Calcium Chloride for Dust Control

A variant of salt, calcium chloride is used in a variety of commercial uses like dust control and de-icing roads. A bonus to calcium chloride is that it also lowers the freezing point of moisture, meaning applications can reduce frost damage to roads and surfaces during cold months.

About the Opt-in Dust Control Program

This program allows residents to apply for dust control on rural roads adjacent to private residences. Dust control involves the application of a calcium chloride agent to gravel roads that cause particles to stick together into larger chunks that won't spread via wind or vehicle.

Program Basics

the MD allows residents to apply for dust control on rural roads in front of their residences for a standard rate of $350.00 per 100 meters of roadway, and $3.50 per additional meter. The program typically begins in May and is completed by end of June — weather and road conditions permitting.

Dust control agents are normally applied after the lifting of spring road bans, and as equipment and materials become available. Applications are available at the MD office in Slave Lake, sub-office in Flatbush, and downloadable under Dust Control Resources below.

Submit a Dust Control Application

Please note that dust control applications must be submitted by April 30 for inclusion in the given year's program. Late applications will not be accepted.

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