Dust Abatement Frequently Asked Questions 
DUST ABATEMENT refers to the process used to reduce dust on gravel roads. Lane County has approximately 150 miles of gravel road within the road maintenance system. Prior to 2012, Lane County used Lignin Sulfonate (Lignin) to help stabilize gravel road surfaces and reduce the dust on Lane County gravel roads. This program has been eliminated due to the economic climate and will now be permissable by hiring a private contractor and obtaining a fee free Facility Permit. Some frequently asked questions have been answered below.  For more information, please contact the Lane County Road Maintenance Department by calling 541-682-6900.

WHY DID THE LANE COUNTY DUST ABATEMENT PROGRAM END? : The last extension of the Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Act (SRS) expired on September 30, 2011. The SRS payments helped fund a significant portion of our road & bridge maintenance programs. These current budget constraints have unfortunately required us to eliminate our dust abatement program.

WHAT ABOUT POTHOLES? : Lane County will continue maintaining the structural integrity of gravel roads within our maintenance system.
WHY WASN'T I NOTIFIED THAT DUST ABATEMENT WOULD NO LONGER BE PROVIDED? : The information was in the Register Guard and presented during public County budget sessions. We also sent letters to property owners that lived along maintained routes that were scheduled during our 2011 program.  We apologize if you did not receive a letter or if your address was missed. A copy of the letter can be viewed by clicking this dust abatement link.

CAN I HIRE A PRIVATE CONTRACTOR? : Yes - Sure Crop is a local contractor in the area that provides this service. You can find them on the web at www.surecrop.com or call them at 541-998-1121 for more information. If you are a contractor that provides this service, and would like to be added to this list, please contact us at 541-682-6905. 

WHAT IS LIGNIN? : Lignin is a naturally occurring polymer found in wood that acts like glue holding the cellulose fibers of pulp together. When applied to gravel roads it coats the individual road particles with a thin adhesive-like film that binds the particles together.

HOW DOES LIGNIN CONTROL DUST? : Lignin works by binding the road surface particles together. Water evaporates from the lignin as it dries, and the dust particles are trapped by the high-viscosity, naturally sticky material.

HOW EFFECTIVE IS LIGNIN? : Estimates of the effectiveness of Lignin in controlling dust range from 80% to 100%. In general, the product is 100% effective when first applied and gradually loses some effectiveness with the passage of time, depending on the amount and type of traffic using the road and the amount of summer rainfall that occurs.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO APPLY LIGNIN? : For information on costs; please contact Sure Crop at 541-998-1121.

WILL LANE COUNTY REIMBURSE ME FOR THE COSTS? : No - unfortunately we have lost a significant source of funding which required us to eliminate this service.  Citizens are responsible for all financial arrangements, prep work and payment of the lignin application to the contractor they select.

WHERE CAN I GET A FACILITY PERMIT APPLICATION?:  You can go to the following link on our Road Maintenance Website. http://www.lanecounty.org/Departments/PW/Roads/