Alberta Transportation and the Tire Recycling Management Association of Alberta (TRMA) are testing recycled rubber tire crumb in asphalt in various locations across the province. The Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association and Husky Oil are also involved in the project. The rubber asphalt will be applied from June 27 to July 4, 2002 at pilot sites in the cities of Edmonton and Calgary, and Strathcona County.
Recycled tire crumb has been used successfully as an additive to asphalt pavement in a number of countries over the past ten years. These pavements can have a longer life than traditional asphalt and require less repair work due to greater resistance to cracking and rutting. Proponents say that rubber crumb pavement provides better traction and costs less to maintain.
The Arizona Department of Transportation and International Surfacing Systems, which has been successful in applying this asphalt mixture on Arizona highways, will provide technical expertise on the pilot project. The University of Alberta and EBA Engineering will also monitor the performance of the rubber asphalt over the next two years.
Contact Allan Kwan at 780-427-8990 or Doug Wright at 780-990-1111