NATURALPAVE SEMI-PERMANENT ROAD SURFACES
The strength of asphalt roads, while saving up to 60% of the cost.

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

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.
Serious erosion burdened the sanitation department.

Processing 500 million gallons of water daily takes a toll on processing facilities — from rill erosion on the slopes of retention ponds, to “blowouts” forming holes in the cresting road. Heavy rainfall blew out the side of the slope, carrying soils away from the roadbed. Midwest constructed stable, safe and durable pondside roads that withstood El Nino storms, requiring minimal treatment and experiencing no more blowouts. Our soil stabilization techniques withstand the heaviest of rainfall.

Bike trail danger gets detoured.

The top layer of soil on a popular state park mountain bike trail had eroded, exposing rocks at curves and grades that posed a danger to bikers. NaturalPave halted erosion by strengthening the trail with a surface-binding capability so powerful that after application, bike traffic actually produced skid marks on the trail! Maintenance costs were greatly reduced by extending the intervals and lowering investment compared to other mechanical soil stabilization techniques.

Dust was all around the power tower.

Strong desert wind and rain caused a remote tower’s foundation to erode and become unstable, making it a safety hazard. Midwest dramatically reduced dust, rutting, sinking and overall road surface deterioration. An increase in loadbearing strength of the sandy soil gave the foundation maximum weatherability to rain, wind and ultraviolet light.

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.

Mine access made safe.

Access roads for a new, county-owned mine site needed major improvements. The roadway runs adjacent to a dry lakebed, creating unstable road conditions in numerous areas, while varying soils led to severe potholing, rutting and washboarding. Consequently, travel over 10 mph became almost impossible. NaturalPave created a smooth-running surface for efficient travel up to 45 mph, virtually eliminating potholing, rutting and washboarding to stabilize formerly unstable areas for long-term, heavy use.

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.

Tough roads for a short growing season.

For the largest producer of beet sugar in the U.S., Midwest NaturalPave transformed loosely-composed roads into robust surfaces that will withstand any weather and operating conditions without degradation. Midwest's soil stabilization techniques produced a "sweet" solution.

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.

Botanic garden pathways hit full bloom.

One of the country’s most esteemed living museums, visited by nature lovers around the world, desired a more organically constructed, aesthetically pleasing, and environmentally friendly pathway system to replace its pavestone walkways. Causing little to no disruption of daily visiting activities, Midwest’s self-contained project created a pathway safer for plant life and visitors, with a porous pavement offering more traction than the former pavestone pathways, even when wet.

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.

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.

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