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3rd Road Dust BEST MANAGEMENT Practices Conference, February 3-5, 2014
Transportation Engineering and Road Research Alliance (TERRA) and the Road Dust Institute (RDI) would like to announce their 2014 annual conferences. Jointly held in Minneapolis, MN at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, local, state and county road practitioners, as well as researchers and federal agencies will come together on February 4th to identify best practices and lessons learned at the 3rd Road Dust Best Management Practices Conference. The conference will feature national and international experts presenting on environmental compatibility and sustainability, general and international best practices, and unique and extreme conditions as they relate to dust control and low volume roads.
NOTE: A pre-conference Unpaved Roads Workshop will be held on Monday, February 3rd at the Embassy Suites Hotel adjacent to the Earle Brown Heritage Center. A workshop agenda can be found downloaded here.
February 5th will see the start of the 18th Annual TERRA Pavement Conference (and continuation of the Road Dust BEST MANAGEMENT Practices Conference). This one-day conference will present sessions that examine current practices and implementation of new pavement research and technology. National and local trends and innovations will be examined to expand attendee understanding of pavement challenges and solutions. City and county engineers, public works officials, street and maintenance superintendents, managers, design and consulting engineers, contractors and others interested in pavement issues are invited to attend.
Providing Resources to Manage Road Dust
There are millions of miles of unsealed roads around the world which are managed by a wide assortment of national, state, and local authorities as well as private entities. Unacceptable levels of dust, poor riding quality, and impassability in wet weather are experienced on much of this global unsealed road network. Although it is acknowledged that these roads are fundamental to the economies of almost every country in the world, many of the management practices followed leave much to be desired, with programs for dust control, chemical stabilization, low-cost upgrading, etc., largely overlooked.
In recognition of this, the Road Dust Institute is being developed to…”provide tools to manage dust on transportation facilities through research, education and technology transfer thereby supporting improvements in health, safety, mobility, environmental sustainability and livability. RDI's unique knowledge, experience and capabilities provides for collaboration, partnering and consolidation of resources to address the needs of industry, government and other stakeholders to reduce the impacts of dust.”
We are a group of organizations dedicated to all things related to road dust management and research. Currently we are composed of the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University, University of Alaska, Fairbanks–University Transportation Center, Federal Highway Administration-Central Federal Lands Highway Division, University of Nevada–Las Vegas and University of California–Davis Pave-ment Research Center. We are always looking for new members!
A recent iniative by Compass Minerals has resulted in the Gravel Roads Academy. They are offering training on how to better maintain your gravel roads for superior stabilization, greater cost savings and better air quality. Click here to view their curriculum.
Federal health officials are calling for protective measures at job sites where workers may be exposed to erionite, a cancer-causing mineral similar to asbestos that is found in rock and soil in at least a dozen western states. Read story on msnbc.com or view the CDC NIOSH Blog.
The planning committee of the 3rd Road Dust Best Management Practices Conference would like to invite you to submit an abstract for presentation at the conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 4-5, 2013. Click here for submittal guidelines.
Interested in reviewing the presentations from the 2nd Road Dust BEST MANAGEMENT Practices Conference? Click here for more information.
Review the results from the Scan Tour of Best Practices more information