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May 19, 2005
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Bill Includes Funding For Asphalt Recycling Research
The federal transportation reauthorization bill that passed the U.S. Senate Tuesday, by a vote of 89-11, included $1.5 million for the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to continue its research into the use of recycled asphalt in paving projects.
South Dakota has been a national leader in reclaiming existing asphalt for re-use on the state’s roads. The School of Mines research will help fine-tune the reclamation process and help make it available for other areas of the nation.
“This is important research,” university President Dr. Charles Ruch said. “If we can improve the asphalt reclamation process, we can save money on road maintenance projects and finish them faster. The School of Mines is excited to be part of this kind of practical research that benefits everyone by giving us safe roads maintained in an environmentally efficient way.
“I want to thank our congressional delegation in advance as the House and Senate move forward to craft a final version of this important legislation,” Ruch said. “I especially want to thank Sen. John Thune for making sure this research funding was included and protected as the bill moved through the Senate.”
The School of Mines research focuses on quantifying the benefits of full-depth reclamation and establishing specific testing and design standards for recycled asphalt materials.
“The School of Mines has the expertise and staff to be the leading research institution for pavement preservation and recycling,” Ruch said. “Understanding and quantifying the benefits of pavement recycling would greatly enhance the ability of states like South Dakota to expand the use of their highway dollars.”
Because the House and Senate have passed differing versions of the transportation reauthorization bill, it will be up to a House/Senate conference committee to craft a final bill.
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