Recycling Roads in the Windy City

In recent weeks, we’ve talked about Philadelphia’s ambitious plans for using more porous paving in local streets as well as research from Toronto about the possibility of using asphalt pavement as an energy source.

Now comes an intriguing article by Forbes about Chicago’s Department of Transportation recycling roof shingles, used tires, and reclaimed pavement from other streets and utilizing the mix to pave the famous Michigan Avenue.

As described in the Forbes article, this was a bold move due to the challenge of working with the various materials, but the results have been very successful.  The cited benefits of this mix are that it’s about 40% cheaper, the street is of higher quality, and it’s more noise absorbent than traditional pavement.

We here at APCON applaud these efforts and we look forward to seeing this mix of recycled products become more widespread.

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