Saving Roads and Mending Fences: Midwest Cuts Maintenance Costs by 68 Percent, Keeps Communities Happy

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Midwest Industrial Supply has once again shown companies nationwide that a good cleanup goes a long way toward a happy community. As demonstrated by the recent application of Midwest’s dust-reduction product, EnviroKleen®, in a small Ohio township, businesses can now count on a cost-effective solution to remove dust, maintain roads, and, in turn, alleviate locals’ concerns over private extraction activities.

Several years ago, one of the largest oil and gas producers in the Utica Shale experienced first-hand the growing pains of ramping up its fracking activities in the vicinity of people’s homes. At that time, residents of a neighboring township called to register complaints about dust caused by truck traffic on the township and county roads at a rate of fifty calls per day, seven days a week. Additionally, due to their intensive use of these roads (a rate of 4,000 vehicle passes per frack), the Road Use Maintenance Agreements (RUMA) of Ohio dictated that the company upgrade roadway infrastructure to meet the traffic demands. At a cost of approximately $400,000 per mile of road, the investment in road maintenance began to outstrip estimated operating costs. It was at this critical juncture that the company approached Midwest about resolving its dust and road preservation issues.

Following a diagnostic analysis of the firm’s operations, Midwest determined that introducing its Fines Preservation Program® and utilizing EnviroKleen Synthetic Organic Dust Control product would resolve both the issue of air quality complaints and the problem of road wear and tear. In a sign of true confidence, the bold objectives they set for the program were to eliminate over 95 percent of community noise complaints, eliminate 100 percent of water usage for dust control, maintain the as-constructed road strength, and reduce road maintenance costs by 40 to 60 percent.

With the success of the dust control product readily apparent, the company eventually decided over a two-year period to implement the program on over 60 miles of roadway. The figures speak for themselves: Community complaints shrunk from 50 per day to just three per month; water usage decreased by 100%, thus saving 175 million gallons of water in a given year; and road maintenance costs fell by 68% in the first year alone. Moreover, across the entire 60-mile stretch of road, the program either maintained the California Bearing Ratio (CBR)/stiffness in its “as-constructed” strength or raised its load bearing capacity.

Thanks to Midwest’s client-oriented approach and cost-saving products, this oil and gas company successfully resolved its dust removal and road preservation issues, thereby improving its standing in neighboring communities that happily continue to benefit from better air quality and safer roads.

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