For Fleming, Hart, Metcalfe, Trigg, Webster and Whitley counties
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 30, 2016) — The Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) today announced up to $500,000 in grant funding has been awarded to six counties for rubber-modified asphalt projects utilizing crumb rubber manufactured from waste tires. Grants were awarded to Fleming, Hart, Metcalfe, Trigg, Webster and Whitley counties.
Funding will be used for the application of chip seal to county roads. Chip seal is a road surface treatment that combines one or more layers of asphalt with one or more layers of fine aggregate, and can extend the life of a road up to eight years.
Grants are from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established by the 1998 Kentucky General Assembly. It’s funded by a $1 fee from each retail sale of a new tire in the state. The fund helps manage millions of scrap tires generated in Kentucky each year and helps develop markets for recycled tire products.
Each county will go through a standard bid process for their respective projects. After bids have been received, grant funds will be awarded to each county matching the amount of the winning bid.