GENESEE COUNTY, MI -- A total of $157,595 has been awarded to three Genesee County communities through grants from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for road work projects that utilize scrap tires.
The MDEQ recently announced $2.81 million in grants for development of new markets for scrap tires, with Davison set to receive $55,000, Swartz Creek getting $62,000 and $40,595 for the village of Otisville.
The DEQ said the grants, including $80,000 for the city of Lapeer, $80,000 for Metamora in Lapeer County and $58,326 for Ortonville in Oakland County, can be used for three types of projects.
The projects include road work involving rubber-modified asphalt as part of construction and repairs, with scrap tires coming from Michigan; research projects to use the rubber in asphalt and concrete; and equipment projects for use in materials such as floor tiles and shoes.
Other communities have previously received grant money through the program. A $281,297 grant was awarded to the city of Clio in 2013 that was used to help pay for repaving 12 streets using an asphalt mix that included scrap tires