The History of Modern Soil Stabilization

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The History of Modern Soil Stabilization

The beginning of modern (chemical) soil stabilization started in the United States in the 1920s, a time in which regulations were being imposed on many businesses during the expanding industrial era. Paper mills that once discarded their by-products into their neighborhood rivers were now forced to discover a creative way of disposing their highly toxic, liquid waste.

One solution was to promote the use of their waste as a dust palliative on dirt roads.Surprisingly, some of the treated roads developed a hardened surface. Other roads did not. It was only decades later after significant private and government research, and the development of better technology from the 1940s-1960s that it was discovered that the hardened road surface was caused by a chemical reaction between the waste solution and the clay particles within the soil.

Over the last 20 years, chemical soil stabilization products have significantly evolved to become more effective and environmentally safe, and are now regularly used around the world. RoadPacker Solutions has been at the forefront of developing unique ground stabilization road construction methods and the result is our current suite of ionic soil stabilizers that are more effective than traditional methods (i.e., concrete) in terms of level of compactness, water resistance, deployment time and overall cost.

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