DEQ grants $2.5 million for scrap tire reuse

Aug. 15, 2014

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The DEQ today announced it has awarded universities and local municipalities more than $2.5 million in grants for road projects that reuse scrap tires. The recipients are:
• Michigan Technological University – $1.192 million
• Michigan State University – $500,000
• Lapeer County – $232,712
• Saginaw County – $128,063
• Village of Birch Run – $123,900 for two projects
• City of St. Clair – $113,000
• City of Clio – $103,800 for two projects
• City of St. Johns – $75,000
• City of Vassar – $35,125 for two projects

These Rubber Modified Asphalt projects improve Michigan roadways with new and innovative use of scrap tires. Left in landfills or the environment, scrap tires pose both a fire risk and a human health risk as a mosquito breeding ground. Instead, recycling them by mixing the crumb rubber into asphalt provides numerous advantages over traditional asphalt, including rut resistance, surface cracking resistance, decreased road noise, improved water shedding and improved friction. Roads using Rubber Modified Asphalt also boast a longer average lifespan, reducing future paving costs.

Funding for these grants comes from the Scrap Tire Market Development Grant Program. Now in its fourth year of providing grants for work with Rubber Modified Asphalt, the DEQ prioritizes projects for funding based on the amount of scrap tire material to be used, demonstration of a new use of scrap tire material, and demonstration of a viable market for the proposed product. Scrap tires used in these projects must come from Michigan sources.