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EGLE scrap tire coordinator recognized by Resilient Roads Roundtable

Kirsten ClemensKirsten Clemens, scrap tire coordinator at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), was recently recognized as a Resilient Roads innovator and influencer by the Resilient Roads Roundtable. The organization promotes safer, smoother and more sustainable roads that are better able to rebound from extreme conditions without increasing the cost to build and maintain them.

The inaugural Resilient Roads Innovators and Influencers list focuses on public and agency officials and their organizations which are leading the way in road resilience initiatives.

Clemens was recognized for her leadership in testing alternative pavement materials that boost road resiliency. In 2021, she helped lead the effort to pilot the use of rubber-modified asphalt (RMA) by installing 100 miles of asphalt rubber chip seal on Michigan roads. A 2021 study conducted by the University of Missouri, in conjunction with the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association and The Ray, found that rubber modified asphalt is a resilient pavement solution to rebuild the nation's roadways and a promising sustainable and circular end-of-life market for scrap tires.

"I am honored to have my work recognized," said Clemens. "It's rewarding to work on developing new markets for scrap tires that are sustainable and economically viable. The result will be a robust circular tire economy of the future. None of this would be possible without EGLE scrap tire program staff and our partners -- Entech, Cactus Paving, Pavement Solutions, RRS, and the county road commissions."

For more information on scrap tire projects, check out EGLE's 2021 market development grant recipients.

Caption: Kirsten Clemens

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