In part due to our successful meeting last month of community leaders, neighbors and politicians moves are being made to test rubberized asphalt here in Washington State. In the article Quieter pavement sought on roadways, reporter Karen Gaudette provides details. Some salient points below:
Now the state is going to give rubberized asphalt a shot. Workers will apply it next spring or summer along a busy milelong stretch of southbound Interstate 5 in Lynnwood from the Swamp Creek Interchange to 196th Street Southwest, said Mia Waters, a DOT air-quality, acoustics and energy programs manager.
At a second spot in Tacoma, the state is preparing to test a method used in Minnesota known as "carpet drag," where AstroTurf is dragged along fresh concrete to eliminate grooves that make tires whine and create a more skid-resistant texture.
The news is a victory for Scott and other quieter pavement backers, although they worry the state won't use the proper ingredients or methods. However, the state says it will work with the Washington Asphalt Pavement Association, specialty-materials associations and the state transportation agencies of California and Arizona as it conducts its tests.
The state expects to have initial results in the fall or winter of 2006, though the long-term performance likely will prove the most important factor in whether Washington opts to use it.