Keeping It Clean

September 28, 2010

Public owners are demanding that contractors keep their roads and storm sewers free of jobsite mud and debris. To help contractors with this important and growing issue, Pro-Tec developed the Rumble Grid tire cleaning system.

“We had planned on using the traditional crushed rock for the project's entrance until Pro-Tec approached us with the Rumble Grids. Instead, we used a combination of the crushed rock and the Rumble Grid system. It made a major difference in the cleanliness of the stone before entering the road,” said project manager Paul Powell of Clark's Construction, of Detroit, which was awarded the new Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) facility in Taylor, MI, where the system was used. “This system would be effective on a high-profile intersection like this or any site work project,” Powell added.

This particular system consisted of three 8-foot-long by 12-foot-wide Rumble Grids. When trucks run over the raised grates on the Rumble Grids as they exit the job, accumulated mud is knocked off of the tires and falls into a collection reservoir. This prevents any dirt from getting into the storm sewer system and limits dust on the road.

Clark's was able to eliminate a tractor with a broom entirely from this project, which saved on traffic and also on job expenditures. According to Powell, the only maintenance item for the entrance to the job was the crushed rock, which needed to be touched up once in a while.

Pro-Tec's three facilities in Taylor, Charlotte, MI, and Grand Rapids, MI, have the Rumble Grids as well as a full line of trench shoring and site access equipment.