An effort by Michigan Tech to develop a road paving process using rubber from scrap tires has been given a boost by the state of Michigan.
The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy has allocated more than $900,000 to help fund two projects that will use a dry process rubber modified asphalt overlay.
One project will apply the mixture to 2.3 miles of Dixie Highway in Saginaw County, over an 80-year-old existing concrete surface. An additional six miles will be paved conventionally, to be used as a control comparison section.
The other will pave a one-mile section of Midland Road in Bay County.
The grants represent nearly half of $2 million in recently-announced EGLE projects that will help find new uses for old tires.