Road Stabilization

Road Stabilization Is Crucial

For the health and safety of rural communities. When a dirt road is properly prepared and utilizes the right products to ensure its stability, residents can breathe easier, knowing that travel on the roads will be safer. Stabilization helps reduce the wear and tear on the surface of a road and contributes to its strength and longevity. An added benefit of gravel road stabilization is dust control. A treated road will also be healthier for those around it as less fugitive dust will be produced from the traffic.


Road Stabilization Benefits


Road stabilization benefits include more than a smooth driving surface. The benefits of road stabilization include:

Road strength

A dirt road that has been bladed to remove potholes and washboards then treated with one of our products, will be stronger, will hold together longer, and will resist breakouts.

Reduced fugitive dust

When roads are treated with stabilization products, an added benefit is dust control. By binding the fine particles to the larger pieces of aggregate, less dust will be blowing with increased traffic or windy days.

Reduced aggregate loss

Roads that are treated on a regular stabilization/dust control program will require less additional aggregate added than if they were just bladed and watered alone. Our products like RoadSaver, Road Loc, and DuraBlend, to name a few, seal aggregates of all sizes together, so less is blowing off into the air and ditches. Many of our customers that treat their roads quarterly have enjoyed substantial savings. Aggregate does not have to be continually added to rural roads to make them drivable.

Safer Roads

A dirt road that has been treated is safer than one that has loose gravel and aggregate of all sizes. With repeated treatments, the product will build up and can resemble a paved road. It will require less product and aggregate with each subsequent treatment. It will also have fewer potholes and washboards making it safer to haul precious cargo.

Reduced water penetration

Dirt roads don’t have to be a muddy mess. With a road stabilization and dust control program in place, the cumulative product in the road creates a hard surface that is less likely to get muddy during rain and snowstorms.


Important Roads to Stabilize

When major routes through a county are on dirt roads, they have to be tended frequently—unless they have been treated. Grading, blading, and watering are all drastically reduced when eco-friendly road stabilization products are applied. Important roads to stabilize include:

  • Bus routes
  • Parking lots
  • Main thoroughfares
  • Campsite access roads
  • Forest service control roads

Forest Service Road Stabilization DMC Custom Blend Mix-In

The US Forest Service has utilized a custom blended product from Desert Mountain for many years for road stabilization and dust control. DMC Custom Blend helps hold the road base together, binding the fines to the larger aggregate, keeping the it on the road.

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