What is Trackout?
Trackout is often composed of dirt, mud, stones, gravel, or any other material that can make its way from the construction site to the public roadways. Trackout gets its name from how it gets to the roads — by being tracked out on the tires of heavy machinery or work trucks leaving the worksite. You may also hear the concept of trackout control be referred to as sediment control, a dust control system, particulate matter removal, or as a stabilized construction entrance. All of these names are essentially talking about the same thing — controlling the amount of construction-site debris that ends up on public roads.
Why is Trackout a Problem?
The laws surrounding trackout control have been put in place for good reason. Dirt, rocks, and other debris on the roadways can wreak havoc on unsuspecting vehicles driving through the area. Rocks can chip windshields or scratch paint, dust can kick up and lower visibility, and more.
More importantly, though, having poor trackout control for your construction site has a very strong, negative environmental impact. Particulate matter (PM) is a type of air pollutant that is monitored and regulated. And, one of the largest contributors to particulate matter comes from dirt and debris on roadways that came from construction sites. The dirt and debris that are deposited onto public streets are picked up and thrown back into the air by the tires of cars passing by. This process is called re-entrainment and can be a major air pollutant due to the amount of particulate matter that it adds to the atmosphere.
Trackout doesn’t only affect the air quality, though. It also contributes to polluting local water sources. Debris and other construction material from the roadways drain into the public water systems. Sometimes, this debris from construction sites contains harmful chemicals that can create pollution in the local water supply.
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