Webster County is one of six counties awarded a grant from the Division of Waste and Management for rubber-modified asphalt projects utilizing crumb rubber manufactured from waste tires. The grant funding will be used for the application of chip seal to county roads. Chip seal is a road surface treatment that combines one or more layers of asphalt with one or more layers of fine aggregate, and can extend the life of a road up to eight years.
The 500-thousand dollar grant funding was awarded to six counties in the state and comes from the Waste Tire Trust Fund, established by the 1998 Kentucky General Assembly. It’s funded by a $1 fee from each retail sale of a new tire in the state. The fund helps manage millions of scrap tires generated each year in the Commonwealth and helps develop markets for recycled tire products.
In addition to Webster County, the other counties awarded grants include: Fleming, Hart, Metcalfe, Trigg and Whitley.
State officials say each county will go through a standard bid process for their respective projects. After bids have been received, grant funds will be awarded to each county matching the amount of the winning bid.
According to the release, thirteen counties applied for the grant. While the Cabinet originally intended to award only four grants, state officials say due to the competitiveness of the grant and the number of qualified applicants, the grant was expanded to include a total of six recipients. This is the first year the cabinet has offered this grant. There are plans to continue and expand this grant program in future years, dependent upon available funding.