There’s no doubt about it: construction sites of all kinds can get messy, and limiting that mess is a tough job. From removing dirt and mud to keeping materials organized, the more you can avoid messes in the first place, the less cleanup you’ll ultimately have to do.

There are a lot of strategies you can employ to keep your project sites tidy, but there’s one simple step that can make a world of difference: use track out mats. Using track out mats comes with a lot of benefits such as helping ensure DOT compliance and keeping your project cleaner. The result is a more effective BMP for containing sediment and erosion. The novel approach has been met with widespread demand from contractors who need a safer, more reliable, and cost effective technique.

What Is a Track Out Mat?

Track out mats, like those supplied by YAK ACCESS, are portable and reusable mats that are placed at construction, highway, power line, solar, wind project site entrances, and all other construction sites to serve multiple purposes. They remove dirt and debris from vehicles and heavy equipment as they enter and exit the site.

YAK ACCESS track out mats have a textured surface that is made from durable materials to remove and collect debris from tires. These OUTRAK™ mats can be connected together to create a larger surface area for construction site entrances. They can also be anchored to the ground to minimize movement and can be installed on various types of surfaces, including grass, gravel, and asphalt.

Benefits of Using Track Out Mats on Projects

In many cases, you may be required to create a stabilized construction entrance that meets the requirements of the local jurisdiction. Track out mats can help you stay compliant and offer additional benefits, especially when compared to traditional solutions that require excavation, installation of erosion control fabric and aggregate, removal, and restoration.

Comply with DOT Requirements

Using track out mats helps ensure compliance with the Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT requires project owners to implement measures that prevent material from getting on the roads where it could get kicked up by drivers and cause damage to vehicles. One of the measures that is often employed is using street sweepers in areas where debris is tracked out onto main roads. This is costly and inconvenient, but track out mats help mitigate the need for this. You may still occasionally need to sweep the area, but track out mats will help reduce the frequency because much less dirt reaches the road.

Cleaner Work Sites

Keep neighboring landowners, homeowners, and community members happy by reducing the visual impact of your project. Track out mats remove excess mud and dirt as equipment and vehicles leave the site, helping to keep local roads cleaner. The same is true in the other direction. When vehicles drive onto temporary roads via track out mats, it keeps the mats cleaner.

A Durable, Cost-Effective Solution

Entrance locations may change throughout the course of a project. Track out mats are easy to move (especially when compared to traditional rock-stabilized construction entrances) and can be deployed in about 30 minutes. These durable and reusable mats have a 10-year lifespan, so you can count on them for the duration of your project and potentially more.

Keep It Simple with YAK ACCESS & United Rentals

Our teams not only have every type of mat you might need on your project, but also offers installation and removal services to streamline your next project. Our trained crews can efficiently install temporary roads, stable work surfaces, and track out areas in virtually any environment. Whether you have to contend with mud, swampy areas, uneven terrain, or sand, we’ll help you get the right combination of mats in the right place at the right time.

Contact us any time to learn more about track out mats, or to get help determining the right mix of mats for your project.