Division of Waste Management Announces Grants for Rubber-Modified Asphalt Projects

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 22, 2019) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) announced that up to $502,838 in grant funding has been awarded to five counties for rubber-modified asphalt projects utilizing crumb rubber manufactured from waste tires.

The grant funding will be used for the application of chip seal or asphalt overlay on county or metro government 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 by four to eight years. Asphalt overlay is a new layer of asphalt applied over an existing asphalt surface, and can extend the road life by seven to 10 years.

The following county governments received grants:  Clark, Fayette, Hardin, Hopkins, and Pulaski.

Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely said the grant program is valuable because it promotes the use of recycled rubber from Kentucky waste tires, while enabling counties to fix distressed roadways. “This is a win for both the communities that get better roadways and for the environment,” Secretary Snavely said.

Each county government 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.

The Waste Tire Trust Fund, established by the 1998 Kentucky General Assembly, collects a $2 fee from the sale of each new tire in the state. This helps manage millions of scrap tires generated in Kentucky each year and develops markets for recycled tire products.

This is the fourth year the Cabinet has offered this grant. Questions about the grant program should be directed to Byron Bland, Byron.bland@ky.gov 502-782-6556.