The City of Mountain View was an awarded a grant in 2009 that allows them to use Rubberized asphalt concrete (RAC) in the asphalt mix that is used on road surfaces. With this grant the City will turn 7,000 tires into RAC that otherwise would have been placed in local landfills.
The $164,000 grant that Mountain View was awarded in August 2009 from the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) was to specifically use RAC on the Burgoyne Street, San Ramon Street and other street resurfacing projects that are scheduled for 2010 and 2011. RAC is environment friendly because it is made by blending asphalt with rubber from tires that would normally end up at a landfill. RAC is used on road surfaces and has been found to be more durable than regular asphalt because it helps keep the street striping color over time, reduces noise, and doesn’t crack as easily as regular asphalt.
Mountain View has a history of using RAC in street resurfacing projects to help with the environment. Most recently, in 2008, RAC was used on the Elsie Avenue, Peacock Avenue, Velarde Avenue, and North Bayshore Avenue construction projects.
For questions or concerns about RAC, contact the Mountain View Public Works Department at 650-903-6311.
Mountain View Street Reconstruction Projects to Divert Waste Tires from Local Landfills: http://www.mountainview.gov/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=313&TargetID=1