used in Highway 75
Express Staff Writer
75 motorists will soon begin driving over glass bottles they may have
thrown in the recycle bin last year.
conceived by Sen. Clint Stennett, D-Ketchum, came to fruition Monday,
Earth Day, when the Idaho Transportation Department used 250 tons of
crushed glass to build part of the roadbed for south-bound Highway 75
lanes near the intersection of East Fork Road.
glass from the Resource Recovery Center at the Ohio Gulch transfer
station was used Monday, Earth Day, to fill in the Highway 75 expansion
project. "It is critical that, not only in highway projects but in
all aspects of our lives and businesses, we look to reuse and recycle
our critical resources," Sen. Clint Stennett, D-Ketchum, said. Express
photo by Willy Cook
glass, which came from the Resource Recovery Center at the Ohio Gulch
transfer station, was used in lieu of gravel and stones, the more
traditional materials used in highway construction.
is ideal for us," said Southern Idaho Solid Waste Director Terry
Schultz. "Itís an ideal application of the crushed glass."
glass is typically used to fill voids in the landfill, Schultz said.
Department District Engineer Devin Rigby said, to the best of his
knowledge, this is the third time the department has used crushed glass
as part of road construction. The glass is effective, because it drains
and compacts well.
just need something that doesnít absorb moisture, something you can
get compact, and you put your surface on top of that," he said.
proposed that the Transportation Department use crushed glass in the
Highway 75 expansion project about a year ago.
project is an excellent example of Idahoans, business and government
working together to use our resources in the best possible way,"
Stennett said. "It is critical that not only in highway projects,
but in all aspects of our lives and businesses we look to reuse and
recycle our critical resources."
expansion in the mid-valley is expected to be complete this fall.