The Midland County Road Commission has done some asphalt paving projects in 2019 that include recycled plastic
bag material that is expected to extend the life of the pavements. The prime contractor was Central Asphalt, Inc., of
The component of the recycled plastic material that is expected to extend the life of the pavements is a polymer
modification. The recycled material, injected at the asphalt plant, creates a permanently modified asphaltic
(bitumen) binder by chemically interlocking with base asphalt at a deep molecular level.
An approximately one-mile long two-inch overlay project was done on Waskevich Lane, between Monroe Road and
Acorn Lane in Larkin Township. Approximately 1,475 tons of the asphalt mix was placed on the two-lane road. The
project included wedging.
A 1-½-inch overlay was done on a one-third-mile section of Badour Road from Stewart Road south in Homer
Township and Midland Township. The project also included shoulder widening, drainage, wedging and paving
fabric. Approximately 900 tons of asphalt mix was placed on the two-lane road.
A one-inch ultra-thin overlay was done on an approximately one-half-mile long section of Julie Ann Drive from
Jefferson to the end of the road in Larkin Township. The project included wedging. Having only one way in and out
was a challenge on the project. Approximately 390 tons of asphalt mix was placed on the two-lane road.
A 1-½-inch overlay was done on an approximately one-mile long section of Bay-Midland County Line Road from
East Wackerly Road to East Letts Road in Larkin Township, Midland County and Beaver Township, Bay County.
The project included wedging. Approximately 1,275 tons of asphalt mix was placed on the two-lane road.
Recycled Plastic Used On Asphalt Overlay Projects
A 1-½-inch asphalt overlay mix containing recycled plastic
bag material is placed on Badour Road in Homer
Township and Midland Township. Photo by Terry Palmer,
P.E., managing director/engineer, Midland County Road
An Ingersoll Rand roller is used on the Badour Road
asphalt overlay project. Photo by Terry Palmer, P.E.,
managing director/engineer, Midland County Road