AMES, Iowa (AP) - A new sidewalk project in an Iowa college town
is aimed at putting a little bounce into beer kegs instead of dings
in the sidewalk.
The city of Ames is installing a rubber sidewalk at a spot near
the Iowa State University campus where beer distributors unload
hundreds of kegs from trucks for area bars.
The heavy kegs have been cracking the concrete pavement. So
officials have decided to install sidewalk pavers made by a
California company using recycled tires.
The city's streets supervisor tested the project by taking a
sledge hammer to it. The new sidewalk didn't even dent.
In addition to bouncing beer kegs, the project offers an
environmental plus. The sidewalk uses about 675 tires that would
otherwise end up in a landfill.