Around the country, there are various laws and practices in place to ensure that construction sites are behaving in a way that is friendly to the environment. A big portion of regulation surrounding construction sites has to do with something known as “trackout.” In today’s blog from our team at Trackout Control Mats, we briefly touch on some regulations surrounding trackout control and how you can stay within compliance!
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In another blog, we go into greater detail about what exactly trackout is and why it is a problem. In essence, trackout is sediment from a construction site that sticks to construction vehicles and equipment and is dragged onto or falls off onto paved public roadways. Trackout is often mud, dirt, gravel, and other construction-site debris. In some cases, there are chemicals used on construction sites that make its way into the dirt, onto the trucks, and then onto the public roads. This creates environmental and other safety concerns for people in the area. There are some best practices that construction sites and other worksites should follow in order to prevent trackout or other harmful debris from entering the public roadways, air, and water supply.
Proper Trackout Control Applications
Almost every construction site needs some form of trackout control to comply with local regulations and keep the surrounding community safe. However, job sites with the following factors need trackout control more than others.
Sites with significant dirt or mud. Construction zones where the environment is dirt or mud (which is most) need some form of trackout control. This is especially true if you have vehicles coming and leaving the site regularly since they create more opportunities for construction-site debris and trackout to make their way onto public roadways.
Sites near water. If there are any harmful chemicals or materials being used at your construction site that you wouldn’t want in your drinking water, you will certainly need to employ some form of trackout control for your construction site. This is because harmful chemicals from worksites can be deposited onto paved roads by construction vehicles. As it rains and snows, these chemicals are naturally swept into the surrounding water systems with the rest of the water, polluting any nearby water sources.
Sites with crushed aggregate. If your construction site is using crushed aggregate that is roughly greater than 7 mm (3 inches) and smaller than 150 MM (6 inches), then you will need some form of trackout control for your site. This prevents the crushed aggregate from ever making it off the construction site and onto public roadways.
Other factors for your site that suggest you need trackout control include:
- Poor Soils
- High-Dust Areas
- Other Situations Where Your Resident Engineer Determines the Need for Trackout Regulation
Every worksite encounters different circumstances and may have varying trackout needs. It’s important to always consult your Resident Engineer to determine if your construction site meets trackout regulations and explore any further measures if need be. At Trackout Control Mats, our stabilized construction entrance and exit solutions are easy to use and customizable for any job site. Contact us today to get your custom quote for your trackout control mats.
If you are concerned about trackout control and staying within regulation, there are a few other things you can do in addition to using trackout control mats that will help limit the amount of trackout your worksite experiences. Some helpful best practices to limit the trackout from your construction site are:
- Limit the amount of entrance and exits to your site
- Have the vehicles on-site drive slower and implement a slower speed limit to control dust
- Be sure that all of your exits and entrances are properly graded to prevent runoff
- Ensure that you have a trackout control solution (like trackout control mats) at every entrance/exit
- Be sure that your trackout solution is durable enough for every vehicle at the worksite to be able to implement — even the heaviest vehicles need sediment removal
- Select construction access stabilization based on longevity, necessary performance, and conditions on-site
- Do NOT use asphalt concrete (AC) grindings for stabilized construction entrances and exits
- Aggregate or manufactured steel plates with ribs to be used for trackout control are only allowed with expressed written approval from your Resident Engineer
- Should the above trackout control method be allowed, it must meet the required depth set by the Resident Engineer and aggregate must be between 75mm and 150 mm
- Designate combination or single-purpose entrances and exits to the construction site
- Street sweep and implement BMP SC-17 as often as necessary
- Require everyone (including employees and subcontractors) driving on the worksite to drive over the stabilized construction entrance and exits as they come and go from the site
- Any entrance or exit in use for more than two weeks consecutively must have a trackout control solution in place
At Trackout Control Mats, our trackout solutions are an excellent way to ensure that you don’t run into any issues with trackout regulations. Always be sure to consult with your Resident Engineer to be confident that your site is in line with all codes and regulations and familiarize yourself with your local regulations as they can vary from state to state.
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Even after your trackout control solution is in place, it’s important to regularly inspect and maintain your solutions to see the best performance. If you notice any excess sediment or aggregate, be sure to remove it and dispose of it properly. Your Resident Engineer will have certain guidelines on what needs to be removed and when. Additionally, if you notice any damage to your trackout control method, it is important that it be reported and taken care of immediately. If you are using a trackout control mat from us, they very rarely break. However, if you do notice damage, we will replace your block immediately.
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