Columbus, Ohio is working on new ways to fix their streets, and they are getting a little help to get that done. The Ohio EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is providing the state’s capital with a $156,775 grant to add recycled asphalt shingles into the pavement being used to help resurface sections of the city. In total, about 3,500 tons of shingles will be recycled which will be used to repave over 100 roads throughout Columbus.

This experiment in Ohio is still in its early stages, however. The cost of this 2015 study phase will be offset by the government grant, and it will also help the city evaluate the effectiveness of adding the shingles in with the asphalt mix. Columbus has not previously used Recycled-Asphalt-Shingles for its road mix, so it will be interesting to see how this works for the city. And while the RAS blend is still on the more expensive side, the Ohio EPA expects those costs to become cheaper in the future. As the process becomes easier, and the methods more efficient, the price will come down. This could very well become a viable method of helping with road repairs not just in Columbus, but across the country.

If the recycled asphalt shingles do the trick and Columbus is happy with the result, it is estimated by the city that it could divert some 6,300 tons of shingles from landfills each year that the RAS mix is being used. While the initial study phase may still be about a year from completion, it’s great that this new mix is going to be implemented into the city’s pavement methods almost immediately. With road & highway infrastructure becoming a bigger issue every year, any means of making the repair process cheaper sounds like a good idea to us. This is especially true when that process means keeping waste (in this case asphalt) out of landfills.

It’s also as close as you’ll get to driving on rooftops.

Source: Recycling Today

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