A $1 million street maintenance project that began Monday in Lodi will keep 11,239 tires out of the region's landfills.
Part of the cost is covered by a state grant. The California Integrated Waste Management Board is contributing $134,875 toward the rubberized chip seal project that will extend the life of nearly 28 acres of city asphalt.
The recycled tires are used in the first phase of applying the chip seal, by reducing them to an oil that is sprayed to the existing asphalt. The picture to the right shows oil being applied to Ham Lane on Monday.
In the next step, specially treated gravel is spread over the oil (bottom right), followed by vehicles that compact the rock into the sticky oil. The final phase of the street maintenance is scheduled to begin Thursday.Crews will apply a black slurry to the gravel, sealing the first layer.
The City of Lodi also received a $22,500 grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board this year to use tire-derived products in public works projects.