FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) has awarded $502,497 in grant funding to six counties for rubber-modified asphalt projects utilizing waste tires. The projects will reduce both maintenance costs and road noise.
Counties receiving grants include:
- Grayson ($98,947)
- Hardin ($67,500)
- Henderson ($27,016)
- Muhlenberg ($105,720)
- Marshall ($87,889)
- Allen ($115,425)
The grant funding will be used for the application of chip seal or asphalt overlay to county or metro government roads. Chip seal is a pavement surface treatment that combines one or more layers of liquid asphalt with one or more layers of fine aggregate. Asphalt overlay consists of a new layer of asphalt applied over an existing road surface.
Roads being surfaced include:
- New Buck Creek Road, Allen County
- Sulfur Wells Road, Grayson County
- Smith Mill Road, Hardin County
- Old Corydon Road, Henderson County
- Dusty Trail, Marshall County
- Cleaton Road, Muhlenberg County
The money for these projects comes from the Kentucky Waste Tire Trust Fund, which receives $2 from every new tire sold in the commonwealth.
The cabinet will be performing testing and long-term monitoring to assess the effectiveness of rubber-modified asphalt in Kentucky. As a condition of the grant funding, counties agree to pay for the application of conventional chip seal or thin overlay on a road in their county with similar characteristics, to allow for comparison between conventional and rubber-modified asphalt.
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