DUST ABATEMENT PROGRAM
Coffey County will continue the program to reduce the amount of road dust in front of rural homes. In May and June, Liquid Magnesium Chloride will be applied to a strip of rock road in front of eligible houses. This application of Magnesium Chloride shall be a minimum of 300' and a maximum of 700' in length for any owner or tenant requesting the dust control treatment. The cost will be $ 1.50 per lineal foot of treated Road. Counties are NOT required to provide dust control on roads in Kansas.
WHAT IS MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE?
Magnesium Chloride is a compound refined from the waters of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. The liquid compound is sprayed on the Road Surface and is allowed to penetrate to a depth of approximately 3 inches. The major property of the material is such that it attracts moisture which stabilizes the aggregates on the Road Surface. Each new introduction of additional moisture in the form of high humidity or rainfall reconstitutes the material and re-binds the aggregate. Unlike the Asphalt previously used for Dust Control, Magnesium Chloride is applied for one season application only and will be re-bladed as needed to remove any small pot holes and rough areas as required for normal road maintenance.
APPLYING MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE
Liquid Magnesium Chloride will be sprayed on to the Road. It will usually take one to two hours for the liquid material to soak into the Road. Vehicles driving through the recently applied Magnesium Chloride may be slightly splattered but this can be easily removed with water. Due to the large number of Dust Control Strips to be applied, the County will not be able to erect Barricades and large warning signs. Drivers will be able to see the darkened and moistened area ahead. Vehicles should drive slowly in the material for the first several hours. The County will NOT clean or pay for cleaning cars.
WHAT HOUSES ARE ELIGIBLE?
Any rural home in Coffey County, outside of an incorporated area, that is located within 300 feet of a rock or gravel road, is eligible for Dust Control treatment.
WHEN AND HOW TO APPLY
Anyone wishing to have Dust Control treatment placed in front of their residence should fill in the attached form and return it to the Coffey County Highway Department Office at the County Shop at 1510 S. 6th Street in Burlington. Each application request must be accompanied by a check made out to the Coffey County for the full cost computed at the rate of $1.50 per lineal foot treated. The deadline for submitting applications is 3:00 P.M., Friday, April 19, 2019. All applications received after the deadline will be returned. Additional information may be obtained by calling the County Highway Department Office at 620-364-2441.