FRANKFORT, Ky. — The state of Kentucky has announced grants worth nearly $445,000 for seven rubber-modified asphalt road construction projects in the state.
The grants — issued by the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) of the Kentucky Division of Waste Management — will benefit projects in Adair, Bracken, Green, Hart, Jefferson, Marion and Taylor counties, the EEC said.
The agency received 12 applications for the grants. Originally, the EEC intended to issue only five grants, but the number of qualified applicants persuaded the EEC to issue extra grants.
The seven counties will use the grants to apply chip seal or asphalt overlay to county and metro government roads, the agency said.
"Chip seal is a road-surface treatment that combines asphalt with fine aggregate and can extend a road's life up to eight years," the EEC said.
Asphalt overlay, in which a new type of asphalt is spread over the surface of conventional asphalt, can extend road life seven to 10 years, it said.
The rubberized asphalt grants are in addition to $309,946 in grants the EEC announced in May for landscaping, walking trails and pour-in-place surfacing projects that use recycled waste tires.
The largest single grant in that round was the $95,600 given to Fischer Family Park in the City of Somerset for pour-in-place playgrounds.