Road construction using rubberized asphalt. Photo: The Asphalt Pro

Chip seal and thin asphalt overlay projects will be financially covered as part of Rubber-Modified Asphalt Grant that is now being provided for a third time to the counties in Kentucky, revealed Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely previous month.

The Kentucky Waste Tire Trust Fund serves as a sponsor of the grants; the fund gets its financial resources after a fee for new passenger tire sales in the commonwealth.

The Cabinet decided to promote the applications of rubber-modified asphalt, as it goes in line with its objective to assist the creation of Kentucky markets for recycled waste tires. Moreover, it is concerned with finding solutions to diminish unsanctioned tire dumping cases.

Recycled waste tires are often used in development of rubber-modified asphalt, which has many valuable properties including noise reduction, cost-effectiveness as it leads to longer surface service and cheaper maintenance.

Additional monitoring measures will be taken by the officials to estimate how effectively the rubber-modified asphalt initiatives are carried out.

Chip seal is used as a paving solution for surfaces, and normally has one or some layers of liquid asphalt with added layers of fine aggregate. The upper cover of the road is made of new layer of asphalt, which is put on an already made asphalt surface.

The grants require counties to cover fees for the usage of a similar area of traditional asphalt chip seal or overlay to compare traditional and rubber-modified asphalt.

The organization also sponsors the advancement of business projects dealing with recycled waste tires and financially assists waste tire collection initiatives, tire clearance and tire management.

Article by The Lane Report