Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Michigan DEQ has awarded a pair of grants to Michigan Tech in Houghton to study the possible use of rubberized asphalt on state roads.
The grants, totaling $1-point-2 million will fund one study aimed at reducing emissions and odor.
The other will test a new technology that could potentially lower production energy costs.
Researchers will test various mixtures and additives to determine the best recipe for low-emissions rubberized asphalt.
They will also be looking at various ways to neutralize odors typically caused by sulfur compounds.
The work will be conducted in the lab on campus and at two Michigan asphalt plants, one in the U.P. and the other in lower Michigan.
The second study will focus on a new technology featuring a new, cooler way to make rubberized asphalt, requiring less energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.