May 10, 2004

Rubber paves the road for the first time in NS

HALIFAX, NS-By late summer, motorists in Pictou County will be driving on Nova Scotia's first rubberized asphalt. The provincial Department of Transportation and Public Works has awarded a $569,000 contract for a pilot project using recycled rubber on a 3.3-kilometre section of Granton Road. "We expect to see reduced cracking and a longer lasting road surface from this blend of rubber and asphalt," said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. "It's also a potentially low-cost and environmentally friendly way of solving the problem of discarded tires." The Department is working on the project with Michelin in Pictou County. Michelin will provide the recycled passenger tire rubber and consultants; the Nova Scotia government will pay for the bulk of the contract. SW Weeks Construction will do the actual paving, with work due to be completed by August 31. Rubberized asphalt is expected to be more durable than conventional asphalt treatment, and better able to withstand cracking. The product is used across North America.
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