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Morro Bay receives funds for road repairs using recycled tires

$2.3 million grant approved

MORRO BAY, Calif. - Morro Bay is one of 20 communities in the state approved for road repair funds that will use recycled tires as part of the repair projects.

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery approved a $2.3 million dollar grant to fund all of the projects.

All 20 projects will use rubberized pavement, which combines ground waste tire rubber with traditional paving materials to create a safer, longer-lasting, quieter and more cost-effective road surface.

Morro Bay was awarded $90,917 for rubberized chip seal road repair.

The Rubberized Pavement Grant Program funds two types of road repair projects:

  • Rubberized Asphalt Concrete (RAC) has been used in California since the 1970s. It’s typically applied as a 2-inch overlay to existing roadways that have been graded and prepared for this application. RAC is ideal for high-traffic roadways and uses approximately 2,000 waste tires per lane mile.
  • Rubberized Chip Seal is less expensive than RAC and is more appropriate for low-traffic roadways. It involves the application of a rubberized asphalt binder on existing pavement followed by a layer of aggregate chips. Rubberized chip seal is most effective when used as a new surface on an otherwise sound roadway and uses approximately 500 waste tires per lane mile.

 

The state of California generates approximately 45 million waste tires each year, and of those, 68 percent are taken from California landfills toward beneficial reuse and secondary markets.

BENEFITS OF RUBBERIZED PAVEMENT

Cost-EffectiveIn most applications, rubberized pavement can be applied at half the thickness of conventional asphalt overlays. Reduced maintenance costs create further savings through the life cycle of the pavement.

Durable, Safe, and Quiet—Rubberized pavement is more crack-resistant and lasts up to 50 percent longer than traditional materials. Research has also shown rubberized pavement is more skid-resistant and absorbs more sound, reducing road noise. The material also retains its darker color for a greater length of time than conventional asphalt, ensuring road markings remain visible and vibrant.

Environmentally Friendly—California produces approximately 45 million waste tires annually. A 2-inch thick rubberized pavement resurfacing project uses about 2,000 waste tires per lane mile. Since applications are thinner, less raw material is used when applying 

 

LIST OF COMMUNITIES BENEFITING FROM THE GRANT

Applicant

Project Type

Total Award

City of Agoura Hills

RAC

$14,216

City of Antioch

Chip Seal

$350,000

City of Bell

RAC

$50,000

City of Carlsbad

RAC

$191,240

City of Ceres

RAC

$149,954

City of Commerce

RAC

$281,400

City of Cypress

RAC

$20,340

City of Jurupa Valley

RAC

$28,000

City of La Canada Flintridge

RAC

$37,821

City of Morro Bay

Chip Seal

$90,917

City of National City

RAC

$252,882

City of Orange

RAC

$109,320

City of Ontario

RAC

$350,000

City of Palo Alto

RAC

$88,200

City of Pasadena

Chip Seal

$26,224

City of Riverside

Chip Seal

$70,000

City of Turlock

RAC

$81,704

City of West Covina

RAC

$58,500

County of San Joaquin

Chip Seal

$53,100

Town of Moraga

RAC

$53,774

 Total

 

$2,357,592

 


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