If you work at a construction site or somewhere that is under development, you have likely heard of trackout before. Essentially, trackout is mud, dirt, or any other debris that is picked up by a vehicle and deposited onto a public roadway. Similar to how muddy shoes track mud and dirt into your nice clean home, trackout brings unwanted mess to the public streets. Not only is this inconvenient, but there are also state regulations construction sites must follow in order to control trackout finding its way to roadways. Over the years, there have been a number of solutions to manage trackout control. In today’s blog here at RubberForm, we talk about different stabilized construction entrance methods, how they work, and how they stand up to our trackout control mats. To learn more about our trackout control system and to order yours today, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
Gravel Trackout Pad
Gravel trackout pads are common practice for sites that handle excavation and construction. Gravel trackout pads are essentially wide, long, and shallow pits filled with gravel. The idea is that once your vehicle or equipment rolls over the gravel, it will dislodge any mud or debris and prevent it from spilling onto the roadways. Gravel pads are typically 30 feet wide, 100 feet long, and about 6 inches deep. They tend to be more expensive over time due to the rigorous maintenance efforts and costs it takes to keep gravel pads up and running over long periods of time. Also, the more a gravel pad is used, the more it loses its effectiveness. Additionally, set up can be tricky with gravel pads taking hours upon hours getting the dimensions correct to meet guidelines. It’s worth mentioning that gravel pads are a one-and-done sort of trackout control solution. They are not portable and can not be moved between job sites.
Fortunately, our trackout mats at Trackout Control Mats are great at removing debris, require little maintenance, and can be moved from one site to another. Find the right trackout mats for you today at Trackout Control Mats.
Wash pits can be thought of as a carwash that focuses mostly on your wheels. Wash pits consist of three sides of pressurized water shooting toward your vehicle. The pressurized water is extremely effective at removing debris and preventing trackout from reaching public roadways. Wash pits aren’t all rainbows and sunshine, though. They require very extensive maintenance. Wash pits need to be inspected daily, require their own special drainage ditch, and the water must be treated to free of any harmful chemicals or sediment. Not only do they have a high long-term cost, but they also are very expensive to initially install.
Washpits are arguably more effective at sediment control than any other method. Their main downfall comes from their excessive costs to install and maintain. If you are working on a very long-term project where you need extensive trackout control, wash pits are a good option. At Trackout Control Mats, we recommend pairing wash pits with our trackout control mats for maximum effectiveness.
Another trackout control method that some companies choose to use is temporary paving. A temporary paved surface is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. You pave a path at least 100 feet long from the road to your worksite. The idea is that any loose sediment will drop in the 100 feet of pavement instead of dropping onto the road. This method is often rather ineffective and requires you to spend time at the end of each workday cleaning up any trackout that has been deposited on the pavement and the public roadway. Paving is also a rather pricey trackout control option and is not a portable trackout solution.
Shake racks are metal grates similar to cattle guards. When your construction equipment or vehicle drives over it, it is supposed to shake and bounce the vehicle in such a way that it knocks free any loose sediment. Shake racks go by many names like grids, rumble strips, rumble racks, rumble plates, and more. They are often paired with gravel pits when the pit alone is not enough. Shaker racks can be difficult to acquire, must be a certain length, and can be complex to install.
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Trackout Control Mats
Our mats at Trackout Control Mats are an effective, affordable, and easy to use trackout control method. Installation takes very little time and effort, and when you are done at a location, you can roll up the trackout control mats and take them to the next site. Our mats come in a wide variety of sizes and configurations, and we can even make custom sizes to fit any need. Trackout Control Mats’ products are also made from 100% recycled rubber. So what are you waiting for? Order your custom trackout control mat from us today!