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Where the rubber meets the rubber

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POSTED May 9, 2014 1:47 a.m.

While we’re on the subject of Manteca stepping up to be more environmental friendly, it’s been seven years since the first “rubber” streets were put in place in Manteca and they are still doing fine. A rubberized cape seal was put on sections of Cottage Avenue and Center Street while a rubberized overlay was used on segments of Alameda Street and Union Road.

The rubber used is from ground up used tires.

Tires are one of the most difficult items to recycle and/or dispose of making its use in paving maintenance especially sweet.

It actually costs a little bit less and has the same life expectancy.

As an added bonus the rubber in the asphalt mixture helps absorb sound reducing vehicle noise slightly based on tests down by the Arizona Department of Transportation. At the same time joggers/runners have reported it feels somewhat easier on the feet when going down streets where rubberized asphalt has been used.

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