Gravel Road Dust Control and Chloride Schedule

RCOC Gravel Road Dust-Control Schedule

      The 2019 gravel schedule for applying chloride to just over 750 miles of gravel roads throughout Oakland County is posted below.   The schedule is typically updated monthly beginning in approximately April and ending in October.    

Gravel Road Grading and Dust Control Schedule for Nov. 1, 2019 CLICK HERE
 
      Please note: These dates are tentative and are subject to a variety of variables which can and do result in changes to the schedule. These variables include availability of equipment and manpower, weather and other factors. 

1. Basic chloriding service for primary gravel roads includes five (5) applications per year dependent on weather and the availability of equipment and manpower

2. Chloride applications are not done on all local gravel roads. They are only done when they are paid for either by the township, homeowners or a combination of both. The township or homeowners choose the number of applications per season and pay a per-application cost. 
 
3. Questions should be directed to the Road Commission's Department of Customer Services at 877-858-4804 or by emailing dcsmail@rcoc.org   

​Gravel Road Grading Fast Facts:


  • Just over 750 miles of gravel roads under the jurisdiction of the RCOC in Oakland County  (over a quarter of our roads)
  • RCOC operates independently of Oakland County general government and does not receive any property taxes for its operations. Money for road maintenance comes from state gas taxes and vehicle registration fees. The state, through a formula established by the legislature, sends an allocation to the RCOC.  The state gets the biggest share for their road system.
  • Only 18 motor graders in the county (graders do need routine maintenance and have mechanical breakdowns)
  • How many miles each grader can reshape/grade in a day?  Not as many as you would think. Each grader does 5 to 6 miles daily.   Schedule rotation takes 4 to 6 weeks, so if you have been waiting 3 weeks since the last grading, you may still have to wait for a bit.
  • Speed at which graders move – 3 miles per hour
  • Multiple passes necessary to grade the road.  Not completed in one pass.  
  • Very expensive equipment.  Operator needs to be properly trained.  It is an art as well as a science.
  • If grader operators feel pressured to cover more miles, it can also create wash boarding problems.  Needs to be done slow and steady.  Can’t be rushed.
  • Weather can affect the schedule.  They can’t grade if it is too wet or in driving rain.
  • Chloride applications have to be coordinated with grading to avoid dust problems.
  • Many moving parts to the grading schedule and they like to adhere to it to avoid missing a road.  Like to stick to the rotation.
  • SLOW DOWN!   Once the road is graded, slow down!  The smoother surface will last longer.

​Additional Information and Dust Control Schedule:

Gravel Road Grading and Dust Control Schedule (Nov. 1, 2019)

Gravel Road Grading and Dust Control Schedule (September 25, 2019)

2019 Gravel Road Dust Control Instructions & Application (Due April 29, 201

2019 Gravel Road Dust Control Press Release

Gravel Roads Photo Gallery
 
RCOC Dust Control Video




  
 
 
Grading a section of a gravel road in Oakland County.Gravel road grading
 

For information on gravel roads, view our gravel roads brochure.