BERLIN, MD – Rubberized Walking/Jogging Path
After several years of great anticipation, construction of a
rubberized walking/jogging path at the Stephen Decatur Park in
the Town of Berlin, MD has been completed. The park is
located on Tripoli Street, at the intersection of MD Rt. 113.
The two month project, which demonstrates the beneficial use
of scrap tires, began in late May and was completed by late
July 2008. Funding for the project was provided by the
Maryland Department of the Environment through the Maryland
Used Tire Cleanup and Recycling Fund. Total construction cost
of the project was $248,733.
After the soil was excavated, there were several steps involved in constructing the path. First, a minimum 4"
depth of stone was laid in place and compacted, which was then covered by a minimum 2” layer of asphalt
binder, followed by a minimum 1” layer of recycled rubber tire material, and completed by the placement of a
minimum 3/8" layer of colored EPDM material. The recycled tire
material used in the construction of the path is equivalent to 2,944
passenger tires. The stone and asphalt base has a minimum width of
6’ and the rubberized path has a minimum width of 5’. Several
drainpipes were installed to allow natural flow of stormwater. In
addition, two asphalt equipment crossings were constructed to allow
heavy trucks and other equipment to cross the path without
damaging the rubberized material. Details of the rubberized surface
can be found on the Sureplay International Rubber Surfacing, LLC
website, who was the subcontractor that installed the rubberized
path. The general contractor for this project was Mike Davidson
Excavating, LLC, located in Goldsboro, MD.
The walking/jogging path is a great addition to the Stephen Decatur Park. It provides a great opportunity for
folks of all ages to get outdoors, enjoy the park, and to exercise in a clean and safe environment. The
benefits of a walking path constructed of recycled rubber tire material, versus the s