NATURALPAVE SEMI-PERMANENT ROAD SURFACES
The strength of asphalt roads, while saving up to 70% of the cost.

The environmentally-positive alternative for semi-permanent unpaved roads, from the leading innovators in soil stabilization.

Surface benefits and advantages from Midwest NaturalPave.
BENEFITS
Soil Stabilization for Unpaved Roads
  • Natural colorations
  • Fast turnaround
  • Long-term wear course
  • Minimal intrusion
  • Easy to maintain
ADVANTAGES
Soil Stabilization Products for Unpaved Roads
  • Cold-applied
  • Use of local materials
  • Long installation season
  • Cost savings
  • Skid-resistance
ENGINEERED FOR PROVEN BENEFITS

Economical, purposeful, long lasting and aesthetically pleasing roads.

As the industry’s soil stabilization technology leader, Midwest is driven to deliver superior performance while protecting the natural environment. This is Midwest’s “Third Way,” representing significant improvements over old-fashioned asphalt or gravel alternatives. We construct secondary, unpaved roads that perform like paved roads, yet cost less and can last longer.

Learn more about the advantages of a NaturalPave road by downloading or viewing the full collection of soil stabilization techniques above — including test data, case histories and testimonials, construction and completed project photos and videos.

REAL-WORLD SUCCESSES, IN THE U.S. AND AROUND THE WORLD.
Village roads serve as lifelines in Senegal.

The Senegal Ministry of Transportation needed a new alternative paving method that could strengthen its village roads, which are crucial to the transport of food, livestock, supplies and services. NaturalPave provided a more stable, safe and visually pleasing surface, revitalizing a road network for improved quality of life and upgraded infrastructure to better connect remote citizens to one another and to major urban centers of commerce.

Bucking broncos should kick up dust, not vehicles.

An event center for rodeo and charity events had unpaved entrance roads that would send huge clouds of dust and debris airborne whenever they experienced traffic. Midwest completely transformed its roadways, eliminated the dust and replaced rutted roads with pristine and beautiful-looking surfaces.

More power, less dust.

A California-based power company owns power lines that run through beach dunes, requiring regular cannon washing to clear dust and debris. NaturalPave technology stabilized the roadway for maintenance vehicle access to its power lines, without violating any of the strict regulations that protect the dunes. This provided long-term protection against erosion, and allowed stable access, with little to no impact on the surrounding environment. The road also experiences zero ATV traffic because it was designed to blend naturally with the surrounding dunes, rather than welcome or encourage passersby to use it as an access route to the protected area.

Tons of trouble turned into miles of improvement.

Steel mill haul roads are worked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and need to accommodate 150-ton slab haulers. Major problems with dust and rough potholed roads, along with high equipment maintenance and labor costs, necessitated daily grading and continuous watering. Midwest’s soil stabilization techniques eliminated dust and potholes, dramatically reduced grading and stopped water applications. The haul road was smooth, contributing to productivity, while good drainage was maintained and hazardous driving conditions were eliminated.

A legacy of success in supporting the military.

Controlling dust on military operational areas causes unique challenges, especially those which require intense use-site stabilization. In one example, Midwest was able to markedly increase safety at helipads. When helicopters operate in dusty environments, their rotary blades and engines must be replaced after only one-third to one-half of their normal life, due to the erosion of surfaces caused by airborne soil particles. Midwest NaturalPave provided effective dust control for periods ranging from 90 days to 12 months before retreatment was necessary — even at Blackhawk military helipads experiencing extreme conditions such as temperate or desert climate, wind blasts in excess of 100 mph and surface temperatures of 120˚F.

In another instance, at the Twentynine Palms USMC military base in California, Midwest NaturalPave SoilPaving System actually improved stiffness and strength on an 8-mile stretch of heavily used roadway compared to conventional asphalt chip seal. The program delivered greater structural integrity that allowed for an increase in roadway loading capacity and superior traction — all while using native, in-place soils and green, sustainable components to save considerable construction costs, while reducing dust control and ongoing maintenance from $1,000,000 annually to $250,000 in the first year alone.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

STEP 1

STEP 2

STEP 3

STEP 4

STEP 5

STEP 1

GRADE EXISTING DETERIORATED ASPHALT OR UNPAVED ROADWAYS.

  • Areas to receive Midwest’s NaturalPave stabilization emulsion shall be graded and scarified to the minimum depth and width of intended placement area.
  • The soil shall be scarified by tilling, disking or ripping to achieve uniform preparation of the soil to the planned minimum depth.
  • The soil should be damp at the time of scarification to reduce dust and aid in pulverization.
  • Surface gravel and stones are to be removed or if possible thoroughly mixed with surrounding soils to obtain a homogenous blend.

STEP 2

BLEND GRINDINGS INTO SUB-BASE.

  • Apply proprietary formula to the desired area at the instructed rate with a pressurized spray system and thoroughly blend into the soil until the homogenous mixture is obtained to established depth.
  • Mixing shall be done with commercialized mixing equipment or motor grader (blade mixing).

STEP 3

BLEND PRODUCT

  • The blending method utilized shall result in a uniformly treated mixture at optimum moisture content.
  • The amount of area mixed each day should be limited to that which the contractor can thoroughly mix and compact within that work day.

STEP 4

PERFORM COMPACTION

  • Begin initial compaction as soon as installation will bear roller without undue displacement, to be conducted with pneumatic roller or soil compactor.
  • Generally, no more than two passes are required for initial compaction.
  • Begin final compaction as soon as possible following initial compaction, using 5- to 10-ton double drum roller.
  • Roll surface in final compaction as required, to eliminate roller marks and remove any surface marks from the initial compaction.
  • Make number of passes necessary to achieve an aesthetically pleasing unyielding surface and 95% optimum compaction.
  • When optimum moisture and specified compaction are achieved, the surface needs to cure prior to final applications.

STEP 5

APPLY TOPCOAT

  • When surface has dried, typically 24-48 hours after final compaction, apply seal coats at specified application rate.
  • Seal coats may be applied in multiple coats, allowing surface to dry between applications, to prevent running and to insure uniform coverage.
SAVE MORE WITH EVERY MILE OF ROAD

The old ways cost more in equipment, personnel and material. Compare what it takes to build only one mile to doing so with the “Third Way.”

Conventional Roadbuilding Methods
  • Grader
  • Roller
  • Dump Trucks with Gravel
  • Water Trucks
  • Batch Plant
  • Earthmovers
  • Paver
  • Asphalt Trucks
  • XX People
Midwest NaturalPave
  • Grader
  • Roller
  • Tractor with Tiller
  • Spray Truck
  • 5 People

That’s just a single mile. Think about the sheer magnitude of materials, equipment, time and manpower for every mile of road stabilization you need. With conventional, old methods it becomes a rough road of money lost when compared to Midwest’s “Third Way” — the new way of NaturalPave that utilizes native or in-place soils to save money and effort associated with hauling non-native materials.

THE ADVANTAGES ARE AS STRONG AS THE ROAD SURFACE ITSELF

More strength and longevity, for less than conventional methods. The “Third Way” from Midwest increases loading capacity and structural integrity while reducing harmful moisture penetration. New roadbuilding chemistry in NaturalPave offers advanced performance and significant cost savings over ordinary, old-fashioned methods.

Enhance the visual appeal with native soils
In-place soils already fit in with the environment, creating a compatible, congruent aesthetics while making it unnecessary to haul in non-native, foreign materials
Strengthen the roadway infrastructure
An alternative-binder based road construction system engineered to improve the long-term performance by strengthening and preserving the road's infrastructure
Extend road life
Extend the life of the road by maintaining the as constructed state and reducing harmful moisture damage
Increase loading capacity (CBR)
Increase the bearing strength of almost any soil type to meet the traffic demands, no matter how extreme
Lower maintenance costs
Eliminate the need for routine maintenance activities like grading, watering and regraveling and their associated costs
Save on price of construction
Deliver a stronger, longer-lasting road surface more cost-effective than conventional road design

SOIL SEMENT EF

MIDWEST NATURALPAVE SOIL-SEMENT ENGINEERED FORMULA BUILDS OR STABILIZES ROADS

A polymer emulsion formulated using nanotechnology to make roads as hard as steel or resilient as rubber.

One family of proven soil stabilization solutions; so many benefits for so many uses. Midwest’s NaturalPave Soil-Sement Engineered Formula® creates smooth, hard, dust-free surfaces that eliminate potholes and greatly reduce the need for regular grading and ongoing water maintenance.

Get a paved-like appearance that can accommodate chip seal, applied to a NaturalPave Soil-Sement stabilized subgrade, for a durable, long-term and low maintenance surface. The name NaturalPave is well chosen, as this engineered formula is ecologically safe and does not leach or wash away.

This Midwest program is extremely versatile, with significant benefits for everything from military training bases and utilities to energy production sites and state parks.

Army helipads | unpaved roads | mining access roads | steel mill haul roads | electric tower foundations | bike trails

 

SOIL SEMENT ENGINEERED FORMULA ADVANCED BENEFITS
Stabilizing
Stabilizes 7- to 25-cm road layer to resist shifting, breaking up or sink failures
CBR Increase
Increases load-bearing strength of all types of soils and surfaces
Holds Up to Extremes
Stands up to traffic, loading abuses and extreme temperatures
Increases Fuel Efficiency
Increases fuel efficiency and higher productivity
Eco-Friendly
Protects the environment (non-toxic, non-corrosive, non-flammable and non-polluting)
Weather-Resistant
Offers maximum weatherability to wind, rain ultraviolet light and other conditions

ECO-PAVE

MIDWEST NATURALPAVE ECO-PAVE® OPTIMIZES SURFACES THE NATURAL WAY

A one- or two-stage process to create a stabilized base for unpaved roads, and if desired finish that off with a chip-sealed surface.

If you think main thoroughfares and highways give you a tough ride — what with all the potholes and uneven, compromised surfaces — imagine what secondary, unpaved roads are like. The inconvenient fact is that municipalities, townships and districts can’t afford to pave all road surfaces. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), 71% of public access roads in the U.S. are in rural areas. 45% of these roads are unpaved. That’s a lot of roads traveled every day with ordinary transportation and heavy industrial vehicles, without a lot of money to take care of them.

The people living in these areas, who have to ride to work and school and stores on these unpaved roads, aren’t secondary people of course. Yet they have to deal with access on second-rate roads that are little more than dusty, unreliable loose surfaces that experience constant degradation and minimal maintenance.

NaturalPave Eco-Pave® and Eco-Pave Chip® comprise Midwest’s family of products to improve the lives of those who use secondary roads.

Unpaved roads can now become like paved roads. Midwest created the NaturalPave Eco-Pave system to build, stabilize and maintain unpaved secondary roads. You can use one stage or enhance with both, as NaturalPave Eco-Pave provides a stabilized base and NaturalPave Eco-Pave Chip adds an environmentally-safe chip-sealed surface.

First, the NaturalPave Eco-Paves polymer-enhanced, resin-based organic emulsion is blended into existing native soils, gravel roads or recycled roadway surface materials to create a superior sub-base. Using existing, in-place materials instead of imported base or aggregate materials saves time, saves money and saves the natural ecological balance of the treated area. This creates a superior sub-base to produce a natural-looking, high-performance surface.

When desired, the result can be further enhanced by adding a warm, inviting surface by using NaturalPave Eco-Pave Chip, a powerful binder covered with aggregate for a visually-pleasing chip-sealed running surface.

CHOOSE THE NATURAL WAY
Improved Performance
Improves long-term performance of unpaved and surfaced roads
Increases CBR
Increases structural integrity and loading capacity (CBR)
Smooth, Yet Skid-Resistant
Creates or restores a smooth, skid-resistant running surface
Reduces Moisture Penetration
Reduces harmful moisture penetration
Eliminates Potholing
Eliminates potholing
Reduces Maintenance Costs
Reduces maintenance costs

EK35

MIDWEST NATURALPAVE EK35® IS TOUGH ON DUST & EASY ON THE ENVIRONMENT

Pavement-like strength, made to last the natural way.

Midwest NaturalPave EK35® was one of the first Synthetic Organic Dust Control® products on the market. Unique in the industry, this product has a binder system that captures fines and keeps them locked into the surface, preventing fugitive dust from escaping.

Created in our own laboratory by Midwest chemists, NaturalPave EK35 was formulated to serve any application, protect against any conditions, and perform better than ordinary methods (from water to ordinary topical applications) in order to provide you with lasting strength and environmental safety.

NaturalPave EK35 has been synthesized with an advanced binding chemistry for semi-permanent, paved-like performance. Get both lasting strength and environmental safety, featuring a system of naturally-occurring pitch/rosin binders to interlock and durably bind surface aggregate and fines together through both a cohesive mechanism (the internal strength of an adhesive) and an adhesive mechanism (the bonding of an adhesive to a substrate). As fines are generated, they are captured and prevented from escaping as dust.

Furthermore, the resulting pavement-like strength is actually enhanced by traffic (not degraded by it like ordinary methods). The surface resists deformation and provides the required strength for traffic and heavy vehicles.

The superior choice for industrial, construction and municipal applications.

NaturalPave EK35 penetrates dust and remains actively effective on clay, sand, limestone and most native soils, regardless of the weather or how severe the traffic. NaturalPave EK35 also provides longer-lasting performance and retains its performance with fewer applications compared to other dust-control and surface-stabilization methods.

NaturalPave EK35 helps save maintenance costs and manpower. It remains constantly active after installation, allowing the surface to be reworked and remain effective without requiring additional product to be applied.

Efficacy is independently tested and verified, to prove performance and safety. An accumulated 40 years of Midwest research and development has led to the ultimate in dust control and soil stabilization performance, for an impenetrable, durable surface with superior compressive strength. NaturalPave EK35 has earned independent, third-party certifications and verifications for environmental safety and proven technology performance. These validations show the formulations to be safe for people and the environment; effective in suppressing PM10 and PM2.5 levels; as well as successful in realizing fines preservation for surface stability and dust control.

US EPA Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) | Boeing Document D6-17487 (the most stringent corrosion standard in the US) | Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission — Dirt and Gravel Road Maintenance Program | Clean Water Act and National Pollution Discharge Elimination System | US EPA (meets the criteria for the term synthetic as established by the for sediment toxicity, biodegradability, PAH content, aquatic toxicity and being oil-sheen free)

Increases Strength
Creates pavement-like strength; enhanced by traffic
No Evaporation
Does not evaporate or leach out of the surface
Handles Extreme Temps
Performs well at extreme temperatures
Biodegradable
Readily biodegradable in natural environments
Native Soils and Aggregates
Works with all types of soils and aggregates
Reworkable
Can be reworked without reapplication

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