The Manteca / Ripon Bulletin recently reported about road maintenance work involving rubberized asphalt made from recycled tire rubber.

Dеnnіs Wyаtt writes that “the jarring ride one experiences today driving over the cracking streets of the Springtime Estates neighborhood will not only be smoother by year’s end but quieter.”

According to the magazine, the $2.5 million project is to essentially rebuild streets within the triangle created by Louise Avenue on the south, Highway 99 on the east and the commercial property facing North Main Street will include recycled crushed tires in the asphalt mix.

A $350,000 CalRecycle grant is what made the rubberized asphalt project possible. The project to repave Springtime Estates along with Mayors Park in the triangle bounded by Louise Avenue on the north, Union Road on the east and the railroad tracks on the west is before the City Council when they convene Tuesday at 7 p.m. during a Zoom meeting. The council meeting can be viewed via livestreaming on the city’s website or on Comcast Channel 97.

According to numerous studies and scientific research outcomes, the use of the mixture of recycled tires has a lifespan surpassing conventional asphalt. At the same time, it costs less if the city secures the grant for the use of tires in the resurfacing material.

Studies have shown the 20 percent tire rubber mixture combined with liquid asphalt also is reducing vehicle noise by as much as four decibels. Research cited by the Arizona Department of Transportation shows reduction in noise levels of 50 to 75% is commonly attained. In addition, Arizona transportation officials have also noted that the rubber overlay is more durable and skid-resistant than conventional asphalt plus provides a smoother ride.

To learn more about the rubberized asphalt project in California, proceed to the original article by Manteca / Ripon Bulletin.