FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 30, 2016) – The Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) today announced that up to $500,000 in grant funding has been awarded for rubber-modified asphalt projects utilizing crumb rubber manufactured from waste tires. The grant 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.
According to EEC Secretary Charles Snavely, the Rubber-Modified Asphalt grant program encourages environmental stewardship.
“The Energy and Environment Cabinet is pleased to support this program that promotes the use of recycled Kentucky waste tires, while providing grantees with funding for improvements to distressed road ways,” Sec. Snavely said.
The 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.
Recipients are as follows:
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.
Thirteen counties applied for the grant. While the Cabinet originally intended to award only four grants, due to the competiveness of the grant and the number of qualified applicants, the grant was expanded to include a total of six recipients. This is the first year the cabinet has offered this grant. There are plans to continue and expand this grant program in future years, dependent upon available funding.