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Awesome

Posted by That Other Mike on 06/09/2008

Bouncy rubber sidewalk may foil beer keg damage

Aug 18, 2008

AMES, Iowa (AP) — A sidewalk project means there may be a little bounce to the beer kegs instead of dings in the pavement when delivery trucks unload.

The city is installing a rubber sidewalk at a spot near the Iowa State University campus where beer distributors unload hundreds of kegs from trucks for bars in the area.

All those heavy kegs hitting the ground have been cracking the concrete pavement.

So now city officials have decided to install sidewalk pavers that a California company makes using shredded recycled tires instead of concrete.

The city tested the product. “The streets supervisor took a sledge hammer to it,” said Corey Mellies, a civil engineer for the city. It didn’t even dent.

The project also has an environmental plus — the sidewalk is using up about 675 tires that otherwise would end up in a landfill.

Information from: The Tribune, http://www.amestrib.com/

I want to see more building with rubber. Imagine it – a sea of swaying skyscrapers in Tokyo…

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One Response to “Awesome”

  1. Handy for all the drunks who fall over on their way home, too, I would imagine!

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