The City is experimenting with a product called Flexi-Pave, which is a material made from recycled tires. Flexi-Pave is designed to be used for tree surrounds, sidewalks, paths, and other like areas that may be affected by flexing or movement as a result of tree growth. Flexi-Pave does not crack or settle, it is porous so water passes through the material, it is ADA compliant, and best of all it is sustainable – made from recycled tires. The result is a product that will reduce long term maintenance costs and allow for street trees to grow without the risk of buckling sidewalks. Flexi-Pave is used for trails at numerous national parks and cemeteries.
The picture below is of the first location that received this treatment – a portion of Eberly Avenue on the eastern sidewalk just south of Wooster St. The City will continue to experiment with the material so that its benefits are fully known and understood before using it in large scale projects.
Visit the KBI website for more information or call the Public Works Department at 419-354-6227.