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<br />City projects, the costs are expected to be 80 to 90 percent higher than conventional asphalt for <br />identical roadvvay sections 0 This is due to high set-up costs, as asphalt plants convert their <br />normal asphalt mixing process to accommodate the blending of recycled crumb rubber into the <br />mix. Based on the experience of other agencies, rubberized asphalt concrete has some distinct <br />advantages over conventional asphalt 0 The service life of rubberized asphalt concrete exceeds <br />conventional asphalt concrete, the thickness of pavement can be some~hat thinner to produce the <br />same strength reducing the comparative costs for regular asphalt, and the use of rubberized <br />asphalt concrete vvill reduce potential road noise levels by 2-3 decibels along the Vineyard <br />Avenue corridor, vvhich vvas a major concem expressed by corridor residentso On December 6th, <br />2005, the City Council approved a consultant contract vvith Bellechi and Associates to provide <br />design services for the design of the Vineyard Avenue roadvvay improvements using rubberized <br />asphalt. It is anticipated the design ~ill be completed in the spring of 2006, vvith construction <br />occurring during that summer. <br /> <br />FISCAL IMPACT <br /> <br />Receipt of the allocated grant funds vvould augment the existing project funding and provide <br />revenues needed for the Vineyard Avenue Resurfacing Project. This particular grant program <br />does not require any type of City matching funds and the application deadline is February 24th, <br />2006. <br /> <br />Respectfully Submitted, <br /> <br />- k;;;C t;L;>~ <br /> <br />~/ <br /> <br />Rob Wilson <br />Director of Public Works <br /> <br />Nelson Fialho <br />City Manager <br /> <br />Attachment: Resolution <br /> <br />SR:06:007 <br />Page 2 of 2 <br />