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I have relatives in rural Pennsylvania. When I was very young there were some dirt roads, long since paved, that we traveled when we went to visit with my mom's family. I remember how filthy the back of the car was when we went get our stuff out of the trunk, how much dust got into the unairconditioned car when a truck would pass, the chips and cracks in everybody's windshields, my mom's reluctance to drive her new car on the dirt road fearing chipped paint, the cloud of dust that enveloped the front porches of the houses that were close to the road when a car or truck passed. The solution back then was for the Township to spray collected waste oil on the dirt road to keep the dust down....I think that constitutes a felony now.
If this was a plan for uninhabited stretches or where other paved options exist, maybe it could work.
Oiling of gravel roads was common at one time -- to cut down on dust.
http://forums.finehomebuilding.com/brea ... -whats-oil
http://blogs.mprnews.org/ground-level/2 ... ved-roads/
France has unveiled the first solar-powered road in the world.
https://www.indy100.com/article/france- ... gy-7517506
Driving down the road here today, there were 2 bald headed eagles flying overhead. I was thinking that I'll be able to hunt those soon - as soon as those regulations are rolled back as well. They are like pests here, like squirrels... The place is overrun with them. Damn environmentalists.
It rains here quite a bit (Washington state). I spend too much time filling potholes on our gravel roads due to the rain. Such a pain. The fellas who fill the potholes want asphalt. The people who want to keep it quaint , rustic and dirt don't do their fair share of filling the holes. Does this make sense? Civilization is deteriorating. I have faith that Trump will turn this around.
http://www.newsweek.com/oil-and-gas-was ... tle-310684
I started this thread because an old fashioned idea which Wright seemed to prefer is now being reconsidered. There certainly are huge environmental advantages. If we talk about anything related to the environment, it is to be expected that the subject of recent loosening and abandonment of environmental regulations comes up.
And then: "With the advent of motor vehicles, dust became a serious problem on macadam roads. The area of low air pressure created under fast-moving vehicles sucked dust from the road surface, creating dust clouds and a gradual unraveling of the road material." This led to the use of asphalt as a binder and hardener.
I recently read a novel from 1999 by one Ronald Wright. A detail of the narrative, set 500 years from today in a ravaged (and rewilded) world: a malicious product of the 2020s has left behind deserted freeways covered with a carpet of EcoTurf, the miracle lawn-substitute plant engineered to need no mowing and to resist all pests. It has taken over where it could most easily spread, on the paved paths of the world. PS -- don't walk barefoot on this stuff !