At ISRI’s Convention this past April, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop that focused on rubberized asphalt (RA).
The workshop, “Utilizing Recycled Rubber in Road Construction” was moderated by Barry Takallou, CEO of CRM Co., and featured Gary Hicks, Program Manager, CP2 Center at California State University, Chico. The workshop looked at various aspects of rubberized asphalt and the hurdles that are hampering its widespread use. Often times, it’s an engineer not familiar with RA’s performance characteristics or a state not allowing it due to construction specifications. As I sat and listened to the speakers discuss how tire recyclers can get rubberized asphalt adopted for use in their state, I saw this as a perfect opportunity for ISRI to get involved. This is not the first time, however, that ISRI has lent its voice in advocating for the use of rubberized asphalt. Seven years ago, ISRI developed an advocacy strategy that culminated in language being placed in a major transportation bill that was being deliberated by Congress at the time. That language released funds for alternative materials that are used in road construction projects.
This time around, our strategy is a little different. Rather than seek a release of funding, we are looking to have states report to the FHWA on their use of RA. By putting a spotlight on the states and having them declare if they use RA and if not, the reasons for not using it, we can have the FHWA start a process to have those states remove any obstacles preventing its use. Our ability to leverage ISRI’s expertise to move this effort forward cannot be overstated. As part of a large association our access to ISRI’s resources give us the tools to make a strategy like this possible. Without ISRI, and the dedicated staff and volunteers that work on these projects, we wouldn’t be able to improve our industry and ensure the health of our businesses. As always, please feel free to contact me should you have any questions about this or anything else that may be of interest to you.
Tire & Rubber Division Chair