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Where the rubber meets the road, literally!
April 15, 2022
Dickinson County's success in using scrap tires in an asphalt mix in a stretch of County Road 607 got the attention of four Michigan counties that decided to use rubberized chip seal this past summer. The tire mix was used on 102 lane-miles of road in Antrim, Wexford, St. Joseph and Bay counties.
Those projects used over 30,000 recycled scrap tires!
The Antrim and Wexford county portions of the project was recently featured by the County Road Association of Michigan is its Crossroads magazine, where it is described in detail on page 16.
"County road commissions are looking for ways to repair and extend the life of our roads," notes Kirsten Clemens, scrap tire coordinator at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). "Rubber modified chip seal can be one of those solutions. It's a great example of how markets for scrap tires in Michigan are changing. We're witnessing the transition of the scrap tire industry from one that manages waste to one that is creating economic value."
Caption: Crumb rubber road. Photo courtesy of County Road Association of Michigan.