We all know about reduce, reuse, recycle, but I never would have thought tires could be recycled to pave roads. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management is doing just that with a new plan to repave Lake Guntersville and DeSoto state parks. Keep reading to find out more!
We use tires in our everyday lives. They are what makes our cars roll smoothly day in and day out. We are used to putting rubber to the pavement, but never did I think we would use the rubber as pavement.
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), along with Gov. Kay Ivery and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural REsources (ADCNR), announced a state grant of $829,080. This grant is to be used to repave the roads of Lake Guntersville and DeSoto state parks.
The money for this demonstration project comes from Alabama’s Scrap Tire Fund, which is administered by ADEM. One dollar from the sale of each tire in the state goes into the fund, which is used to remove scrap tires from illegal dumps, along roadsides and other places, as well as to promote the recycling of discarded tires.
“This is a wonderful use of the Scrap Tire Fund that does what it was intended to do when the Legislature created the fund in 2003 — getting rid of and finding other uses for old tires that were spoiling Alabama’s countrysides and waterways. Plus, it has the added benefit of helping our state parks, which are wonderful resources for all Alabamians,” said Gov. Kay Ivey in a press release.
What are the benefits to using tires to pave roads?
One of the immediate benefits is that the roads to these state parks will be a lot smoother. Having the roads paved using scrap tires also removes scrap tires from the ecosystem. Tires are not a part of nature; therefore, they do not belong on the sides of roads or in our lakes and rivers. Remember, we are Alabama the beautiful!
Rubber-modified asphalt can last up to three times longer than regular asphalt. In addition, it is less prone to cracking, pot-holing and degradation. The modified asphalt can handle a wider temperature range as well, possibly creating less icing during freezing weather.
When will the roads be completed?
The roads to both Lake Guntersville and DeSoto state parks are scheduled to be repaved later this year. Once it begins, the project should be completed in around 60 days according to ADCNR Commissioner Chris Blakenship.
For more information, be sure to check out Alabama Department of Environmental Management’s website at adem.alabama.gov.
Also visit Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’s website at outdooralabama.com.
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Written by Joshua Pleasants