Press Release: Green Resurfacing Project

For Immediate Release

October 24, 2007

Contacts: Mike Brown, Mayor's Office, 614-645-6428
Mary Carran Webster, Public Service Department, 614-645-7263 
John Ivanic, City Council, 614-645-6798
Phil Saken, House Democratic Leader's Office, 614-466-9036

Green Resurfacing Project in the North of Broad District
Will Benefit Current and New Housing on 21 st Street

( Columbus ) The City of Columbus and the State of Ohio are working together to turn 21 st Street into a 21 st Century road. As part of Mayor Michael B. Coleman's Get Green Initiative, work began today to resurface a block of 21 st Street with a mixture of asphalt and recycled tires. The project, between Mount Vernon Avenue and Long Street, will be the first of its kind on a residential street in Columbus.

“The asphalt we are laying down today may look black, but it's all about Getting Green,” Mayor Michael Coleman said, “While we test this project and help with the environmentally friendly development in this NoBo section of the King Lincoln District I hope it will encourage more Columbus residents and businesses to look for ways to Get Green too.”

Ground Tire Asphalt, as the product being tested is called, is designed to reduce tire noise and increase the life of road surfaces. In all, 1,400 feet of North 21 St Street will be repaved with 337 tons of ground tire asphalt, which includes an estimated 337 tires, at a cost of $23,590. The project includes installation of 22 new, ADA-compliant curb ramps.

“The Public Service and Development Departments are working together to help make this important neighborhood an exciting and green growing community,” Columbus City Councilmember Priscilla Tyson said. “This is an outstanding example of partnership all around.”

The paving project is funded with a $17,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.


“Ohio has a significant backlog of scrap tires, leading to health and environmental concerns statewide,” ODNR's Derek Anderson said, “This is a great example of putting these unwanted tires to a good use.”

While Ground Tire Asphalt is being used in other limited tests in Ohio , including one in Franklin County , this is among the first residential streets to ever be built with the product. The GTA is generally a mixture of 20% crumb rubber particles derived from the grinding of waste tires with 80% paving grade asphalt. It is designed to provide a durable surface, with less cracking, a smooth, safe, cost effective and quiet riding surface. The State of Arizona Department of Transportation has additional information on asphalt rubber and their experiences with this material

“Franklin County resurfaced a portion of Frank Road this year with GTA,” Public Service Director Mark Kelsey said. “The addition of GTA on 21 st Street will allow the City and County to study its effects on two roadway types: a high-volume, high speed arterial and a low-volume, low-speed residential street.”

The block of 21 st Street that is being resurfaced is in the North of Broad (NoBo) area , a mixed - income residential development that includes 44 new or rehabilitated homes in the King-Lincoln District, being developed by the City and Columbus Housing Partnership's Homeport Division.  Homeport recently launched its first "Green build" site at 258 N. 21st Street , with development of an ecologically friendly home featuring high - quality construction, solar panels and high - energy efficiency that will result in lower heating and cooling costs for homeowners.  The home will carry a LEED Gold certification.