2017-09-14 / News

City receives DEQ Scrap Tire grant for road projects in 2018

By Sam Tunningley

The City of Flushing has received an $187,500 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Scrap Tire Development Grant Program for road projects in 2018.

This is the second time the city has applied for the grant – the first was for $102,991 to pave Laurie Drive (from River Road to Mark Drive), Pleasantview Drive (from Sunnyside Drive to Chestnut Street), Beechwood Court (from Robinwood Drive to the dead end) and Morrish Road to River City Road using rubber modified asphalt from $1,009 worth of used tires.

The grant provides a 50 percent match for “cost of purchasing equipment, or for research and development costs” and the applicant must agree to at least 50 percent of the total project amount in cash, according to the DEQ’s website. Construction cost, per a proposal from ROWE Professional Service Company, is estimated to be $678,000.

The streets listed on the letter include Myrtle Street, Golfside Court, Joyce Drive (North of Coutant), Main Street (from Francis to Warren), Hillwood Court and Cedarwood Drive.

At the Monday night Flushing City Council meeting, City Manager Brad Barrett said the streets were chosen based on a ranking system. Any streets ranked below a 3 were targeted for repairs, which will involve “repair and overlay, as well as crush and shape with asphalt overlay.”

“Scrapped tire is new for the city and residents, so we have not picked any high-profile areas as of yet,” said Barrett. “We’re hitting our residential areas first.”

The grant’s purpose is to increase the market for rubber modified asphalt made from discarded tires, which have posed an increasing environmental problem.

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