Jackson County is the only municipality in the US that owns and operates a recycling road program. The county purchased new road recycling equipment that is used to grind up roads to create new road base. Road recycling reduces cracking, costs, and creates stronger roads.
The program has already received national recognition and awards for its innovation. The program is estimated to save $100,000 per mile of road paved. Taxpayers are estimated to save more than $125 million over the next 50 years. The first project already saved the county money.— Project Succeeded
Philadelphia's Office of Innovation & Technology requested pilot-ready technology from private sector applicants. The successful applicant will receive up to $34,000 to evaluate local roads and provide prioritized recommendations for repairs. The AI-enabled software or system will also create a road signs inventory and a map of manholes and grates. Philadelphia previously used the Pitch & Pilot program to find smart solutions for water quality and waste management issues.
The council previously used low energy asphalt (LEA) with up to 30% recycled materials in base layers. Thirty-seven resurfacing and repair projects in 2020 use LEA as the surface layer. Council personnel can apply LEA at 140 degrees, 40 degrees below standard surfacing materials. This process creates 15% fewer carbon emissions than high-temperature applications. Dorset Council and Hanson UK source LEA from the Whatley Quarry.