The city of Clio is repairing several roads this week using environmentally friendly material. The new improvements are made possible by a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Scrap Tire Market Development Program.
The asphalt used to repave the roads in Clio is mixed with material from recycled tires. City Administrator Eric Wiederhold says the scrap tire material helps the community go green and stay safe at the same time.
"It's good for the environment and there's also benefits to using scrap tires in the road mix because it provides longevity and longer life expectancy," said Wiederhold.
The grant Clio received was enough to help the city fix nearly a dozen roads.
"We focused on the roads that had been neglected through the years. The ones that had been the easiest to ignore but also the ones that needed the most repairs and improvements," said Wiederhold.
Residents and drivers say that they're thankful for the improvements and are now enjoying a much smoother ride.
"It was a really bad situation until they decided to do this," said Mary Darby. "It just makes things a lot easier."
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