Residents in the Peace will see increased levels of dust control this year, with $1.2 million dedicated for dust suppression along dirt and gravel roads.

Dust control is applied to specific sections of road to address concerns associated with dust near homes, school zones, playgrounds, businesses and community buildings.

In addition to these specified locations, the ministry annually applies full-length dust control on roads identified by the Province and road users as critical commercial and industry routes with high traffic volumes and a wide spectrum of road users.

In 2010, the ministry allocated an additional $500,000 in support of this program. The ministry’s contribution of $1.2 million this year for dust control is more than double last year’s, and shows the ministry’s continued commitment to improving road safety in the Peace.

As well as the ministry commitment of $1.2 million, the road and bridge maintenance contractors, Caribou Road Services and Yellowhead Road and Bridge, also spend approximately $1 million annually on dust suppression.

There are more than 19,000 km of dirt and gravel roads in the province with 3,000 km of that located in the Peace.