In January, the City of Indian Wells received a $284,000 grant from The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to repair local roads using rubberized asphalt concrete made from recycled tires. Indian Wells is one of 19 California cities that received a grant from the organization’s Rubberized Pavement Grant Program.
The grants help cities across the Coachella Valley and the state of California recycle the estimated 51 million waste tires generated each year by turning them into asphalt on local roads and highways. The use of recycled tires in roadways and other projects keeps waste tires out of California landfills and reduces infrastructure costs for cities.
“We are thrilled to be a part of the program that will both improve our roads and help the environment,” said Ken Seumalo, Public Works Director for the City of Indian Wells. “We have used this material on our main thoroughfares. It provides a comfortable ride and is resilient under various weather conditions.”
Rubber tires that are turned into asphalt are typically half the thickness of conventional asphalt and last up to 50 percent longer, making them a cheaper and greener choice for cities.
“Indian Wells is excited to make our City greener while also reducing infrastructure costs,” said Indian Wells City Manager Chris Freeland. “This program is a win-win for all parties involved.”
Timelines for the construction process are still in the works. For more information on the program, visit: www.calrecycle.ca.gov