Senator Archuleta Moves Bill that would help L.A. County Recycle Asphalt

March 27, 2019

SACRAMENTO – California State Senator Bob Archuleta (D-Pico Riviera) passed senate bill 405 out of the Senate Transportation committee with bipartisan support. SB 405 would create a pilot program in Los Angeles County to demonstrate the viability of using recycled asphalt grindings in road repair and maintenance.

There are currently more than 30 piles of recycled asphalt material throughout Southern California counties. Not only has this become an environmental nuisance to the communities living near the stored asphalt, but local and state-elected officials agree something needs to be done with these piles of asphalt. However, this can only be accomplished by developing a secondary market for these grindings.

According to L.A. County, “Repairing roads involves removing surface hot mix asphalt from the roadway and most of this material is not recycled; the material is being stored at some landfills, private commercial yards and other public and private land. The only way to prevent this material from accumulating is to create a secondary market for it.”

SB 405 would address this problem by initiating the pilot project in L.A. County. While demonstrating a new repaving process utilizing recycled asphalt content of up to 85% to 100%.

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State Senator Bob Archuleta proudly represents Senate District 32, which includes the cities of Downey, Norwalk, Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Commerce, La Mirada, Hacienda Heights, Hawaiian Gardens, La Habra Heights, Lakewood, Montebello, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Whittier-Los Nietos and Buena Park.