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Summer Maintenance Products

SAFE BIND

SAFE BIND is our powerful gravel road maintenance product. It is a high performance blend of ammonium ligninsulfonate and calcium chloride brine.

Lignin is an organic material that fills voids between cellulose fibers in trees, giving them firmness and rigidity. It literally “glues” a tree together. Ligninsulfonate is a by-product of the paper making process during which lignin is separated from cellulose and reclaimed. Ligninsulfonates have a long history of use on roads as a method of dust control and surface stabilization. Ligninsulfonates have a natural adhesive property when moist.

When applied to dirt roads, the ligninsulfonate solution coats individual road particles with a thin adhesive-like film that binds particles together. It acts as a dispersant, allowing the particles to pack closer together for a stronger surface. Consequently, water uptake by the road bed surface is greatly reduced and the binder is less likely to be washed away by rain.

Safe Bind is approved by the U.S. Forest Service Administration, General Service Administration and local and regional government agencies.

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-20th Annual Mountain of Demonstrations – Gunstock Resort Gilford, NH

Advantages of High Performance Blend

Versatility

Dust control and fines retention agent
Base stabilization agent

Powerful Corrosion Inhibitor

Substantially reduces, even stops corrosion damage to ferrous metals.

Greater Cost Reductions

Less blading and grading
Virtually eliminates potholes and wash-boarding
Our performs MgCI2 and CaCI2 brines

Environmentally Friendly

  • Greater than 50% reduction in chloride ions introduced into the natural and build environment

  • Significantly less corrosive than CaCI2 or MgCI2 brines, less corrosive than water

  • Safe to handle

  • Binds road together with "nature's own glue"

  • Cost competitive with liquid calcium chloride

Resources

Use this Resource Library to learn more about SAFE BIND and its ingredients.
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SAFE BIND Flyer


Posted: June 2020
Click Here to download the SAFE BIND flyer

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SAFE BIND + RAS Flyer


Posted: June 2020
Click Here to download the SAFE BIND + RAS flyer

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SAFE BIND Application Rates


Posted: July 2020
Click Here to download the SAFE BIND application rates sheet

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SAFE BIND Synopsis


Posted: July 2020
Click Here to download the SAFE BIND Synopsis sheet

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SAFE BIND Concentrate


Posted: July 2020
Click Here to download the SAFE BIND Concentrate sheet

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DPW Utilizes Recycled Shingles


Posted: July 2020

The Exeter, Rhode Island, Department of Public Roads recently applied recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) to the gravel surface of a portion of historic New London Turnpike, as part of a series of experiments to determine the most economical way to preserve the town’s numerous gravel roads.
Click Here to read the article


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RIPWA Innovative Gravel Road


Posted: July 2020
Unique Stabilization Solutions: RIPWA Officials View Stabilization of Exeter Road by Town’s DPW Crew Applying Recycled Asphalt Shingles, Emulsified Petroleum Resin, and Lignin Tree Glue Compound.

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Lignin: A Safe Solution For Roads


Posted: June 2020
The Lignin Institute has also established voluntary product quality standards for lignin products (including calcium, ammonium and sodium lignosulfonate) used for road and soil stabilization. Lignin Institute.

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Lignin & The Environment


Posted: June 2020
Lignins have been used for many years on road surfaces, in pesticide formulations, in animal feedstock, and otherproducts that contact food. As a consequence, lignin manufacturers have performed extensive studies to test lignin’s impact on the environment.

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How To Establish Proper Crowns


Posted: July 2020
Click Here to watch the video from Mike Smith of Baystate Roads .

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Rants and Raves: Gravel Roads 2


Posted: July 2020
Click Hereto watch a video from Bay State Roads about the problems that can be caused by improper drainage.

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Stump the Instructor- Gravel Road Maintenance Meeting April 1


Posted: July 2020
Click Here to watch the video from Michael Smith of Baystate Roads

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VTrans Recycled Materials
in Roadway Projects


Posted: July 2020
This report from the Vermont Agency of Transportation breaks down the use of RAS along with other recycled materials in gravel roads. If you're curious about some of the many ways to improve your gravel roads, this informative piece is definitely worth the read. Click Here to view

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Wired article on
Cash-Strapped Towns Are Un-Paving Roads


Posted: July 2020
Click Here to learn about when Montpelier decided to rip up a pothole-riddled asphalt road and replace it with gravel in 2009, it didn’t see itself at the forefront of a growing trend in public works. It was simply responding to a citizen complaint.

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SAFE BIND SDS Sheet


Posted: July 2020
Click Here To View and Download SAFE BIND SDS sheet

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Lignin: A Product With Many Uses


Posted: August 2020
Click Here to read and download the "Lignin, A Product With Many Uses" article

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One Formula + Two Great Products


Posted: September 2020
Click Here to find out why our SAFE MELT and SAFE BIND products are unique

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Agricultural Byproducts


Posted: September 2020
Click Here to learn about how our blends out preform straight brines.

Testimonials

We have used this now for three years on our higher volume gravel roads. We have been able to reduce grading them to once in the spring and then again just before winter. The residents have praised us for using it. We apply in the spring by gravity off a bar on the back of our tank truck. We will re-apply in the middle of the summer in the areas that see full sunlight.

We have also seen a reduction of frost heaves and mud in the spring but are not sure if that has any bearing on the use of it.
-Keith Bardwell | Highway Superintendent | Whatley, MA

"SAFE BIND is an AWESOME PRODUCT."
-Roger Trempe | Road Agent | Dublin, NH

We have had great success with Safe Bind. We have several steep gravel roads in town that we used to have constant washouts and problems with. After the use of Safe Bind those issues went away. Summer of 2019 we introduced RAS into our gravel road program. We have experimented with two ways of using this product we blend the RAS into the road while grading and then apply Safe Bind or we grade the road and then put the RAS out through our spreader trucks before York raking the road. The final step being we spray Safe Bind at the recommended application. I cannot say enough as to how impressed I am with the fines retention of this product. Kevin has been great to deal with and makes himself available for any questions we may have.
-Tyler Howe | Director of Public Works | Hancock, NH

“The use of recycled materials in asphalt pavements, primarily reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) and reclaimed asphalt shingles (RAS), conserves raw materials, lowers overall asphalt mixture costs and reduces the stream of material going into landfills, according to the ‘2017 Asphalt Pavement Industry Survey...’ conducted by the National Asphalt Pavement Association... The study also shows that approximately 1.4 million tons of RAS is currently stockpiled in the 50 states – indicating there is a substantial untapped treasure of asphalt in those piles.”
-Paul Fournier, New England Construction

“The SAFE BIND® product does a superb job of controlling dust and stabilizing gravel roads. It stays longer when applied to these roads than regular calcium treatments requiring us to perform one or two applications per year rather than four.”

-Ken Daniels , Former Public Works Director, Enfield, NH - June 2004

“In previous years we used mag chloride and calcium chloride for fines retention and dust control on our gravel roads. The summer of 2011 will be our third year using SAFE BIND®. We have seen superior results from this product. We find that it outperforms all of the other products we have used, creating a much more durable road surface. It is also environmentally friendly, which our residents appreciate. I highly recommend this product.

Andy Hodgdon Former Public Works Director, Norwich, VT - July 2011