According to EcoLog.com Saskatchewan will recycle about 39,000 tires and invest more than $5 million this construction season in three environmentally-friendly transportation projects.
Rubber asphalt, which is produced in part from scrap tires, will be used instead of conventional pavement on more than 30 kilometres of provincial highways this year in projects on Highway 1 near the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, along with Highway 11 near Davidson and Chamberlain. About 1,300 tires are recycled for each lane kilometre of rubber asphalt.
Highway 11 through Chamberlain
Almost four kilometres of Highway 11 through Chamberlain will be paved using rubber asphalt. Work also includes upgrading curbs and catch basins. The cost of the project is $1.4 million. Onsite construction was completed in August.
Highway 11 near Davidson
Almost eight kilometres of the northbound driving (right) lane of Highway 11 from Davidson north was paved using rubber asphalt. The work was done on June 28 and July 3. The cost of the project was $126,800.
Rubber asphalt will be used to repave 20 km of the eastbound driving (right) lane of Highway 1 starting at the Alberta-Saskatchewan border and heading east, while the passing lane (left) will use conventional pavement. Ten kilometres in the westbound driving lane will also be resurfaced with conventional pavement. The cost of the entire project is $3.6 million. Onsite construction is expected to be completed by late September.
“The biggest success of the Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation has been the diversion of over eight million tires from landfill across this province, but there is a secondary benefit when we see the tire recycled into worthwhile projects like this,” Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation Executive Director Theresa McQuoid said. “There are literally hundreds of uses for recycled tires and we are pleased to see more and more innovative uses like rubber asphalt emerging.”