New oil guards on ADOT trucks can help environment, save money

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By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Department of Transportation announced it has added a new device to trucks that layer roads with special oil, an addition that can help the environment and save the department money.

The oil-spray guards will give trucks greater control over the distribution of the oil during pavement preservation projects, according to ADOT, thereby limiting overspray and damage to the surrounding environment.

The guards also reduce the amount of time needed to clean trucks, from as long as eight hours for two employees to just one hour for a single employee, ADOT said.

Devin Darlek, an equipment services manager for ADOT, said in a statement that he is happy with the performance of the guards.

"We're seeing savings in time and money while protecting landscaping with the use of spray guards," Darlek said. "It's a good example of ADOT's efforts to be good stewards of both the environment and taxpayer dollars."

A team of ADOT employees created the guard, as well as catch basin to collect the oil that is washed off of a truck.

ADOT said the money saved by the two inventions will benefit other areas of need.