Bill S7443-2013

Requires the commissioner of the department of transportation to conduct a study relating to the use and study of the use of recycled concrete aggregate

Requires the commissioner of the department of transportation to conduct a study relating to the use and study of the use of recycled aggregate concrete.

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  • May 15, 2014: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION

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BILL NUMBER:S7443

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the transportation law, in relation to recycled concrete aggregate

PURPOSE: Requires the commissioner of the department of transportation to conduct a study relating to the use and study of the use of recycled concrete aggregate

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends the transportation law by adding a new section 17-c that outlines the use of recycled concrete aggregate in New York State.

Section 2 sets an effective date of one hundred eighty days after this bill shall become law.

JUSTIFICATION: Over the next several decades, New York State will need to reconstruct much of the infrastructure that is essential to the economic success of all of our communities. Worldwide, there is greater demand for basic building materials than ever before. This demand has increased the cost of many infrastructure projects due to regulations that often mandate the use of virgin materials that are often in short supply.

Recycled concrete aggregate needs to be thoroughly considered throughout New York State for infrastructure projects. Across the United States, 140 million tons of concrete are being recycled each year to help reduce the cost of many infrastructure projects. Fifteen states have built at least one trial project with RCA. The Federal Highway Administration conducted an in-depth review of RCA in 2003 and 2004 in Texas, Virginia, Michigan, Minnesota, and California that found many engineering, environmental, and economic benefits.

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) accept recycled concrete as a source of aggregate into new concrete.

New York State has approximately 114,546 public road miles. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that 60% of New York's roads are in poor or mediocre condition. We have an urgent need for renewed investment in our infrastructure and recycled concrete aggregate has the potential to save money and provide better outcomes for taxpayers.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7443 IN SENATE May 15, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. GIPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the transportation law, in relation to recycled concrete aggregate THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The transportation law is amended by adding a new section 17-c to read as follows: S 17-C. USE OF RECYCLED CONCRETE AGGREGATE. 1. FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS SECTION, "RECYCLED CONCRETE AGGREGATE" MEANS GRANULAR MATERIAL MANUFAC- TURED BY REMOVING, CRUSHING, AND PROCESSING INORGANIC MATERIAL PREVIOUS- LY USED IN CONSTRUCTION AND PRINCIPALLY COMPRISED OF CRUSHED CONCRETE WASHED AND GRADED FOR USE IN THE PRODUCTION OF FURTHER CONCRETE. 2. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL USE RECYCLED CONCRETE AGGREGATE IN CAPITAL PROJECTS WHERE RECYCLING FACILITIES ARE ACCESSIBLE AND THE COST OF THE RECYCLED CONCRETE AGGREGATE IS NOT MORE THAN TEN PERCENT HIGHER THAN THE UNIT COST OF NON-RECYCLED CONCRETE AGGREGATE. RECYCLED AGGREGATES CAN BE USED: (A) IN PAVED ROADS AS AGGREGATE BASE, AGGREGATE SUBBASE, AND SHOUL- DERS; (B) IN GRAVEL ROADS AS SURFACING; (C) AS BASE FOR BUILDING FOUNDATIONS; (D) AS FILL FOR UTILITY TRENCHES; (E) FOR PURPOSES COVERED UNDER SECTION EIGHTY-NINE-B OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW; AND (F) ANY OTHER PURPOSE FOR WHICH THEY MAY BE USEFUL. 3. ON OR BEFORE MARCH FIRST OF EACH YEAR THE COMMISSIONER SHALL SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY AND THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE. IN MAKING SUCH REPORT, THE COMMISSIONER MAY MAKE USE OF AND REPORT ON EXISTING STUDIES, ANALYSES AND DEMONSTRATION PROGRAMS CONDUCTED WITHIN OR WITHOUT THE STATE BY OTHER STATES OR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, ALONG WITH ANY OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION HE OR SHE DEEMS APPROPRIATE. SUCH REPORT SHALL INCLUDE A SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS, ADDRESSING THE FOLLOWING ISSUES:
(A) COMPARISON OF THE TOTAL COST OF CONVENTIONAL ASPHALT MIXES TO THE TOTAL COST OF THE USE OF MIXES CONTAINING RECYCLED CONCRETE AGGREGATE; (B) COMPARISON OF TOTAL COST OF PRODUCTS USING AND NOT USING RECYCLED CONCRETE AGGREGATE, INCLUDING DIFFERENCE IN ANTICIPATED TOTAL COST OF COMMON CAPITAL PROJECTS USING CONVENTIONAL AND RECYCLED AGGREGATE MIXES FROM THE DIFFERENCE IN ACTUAL TOTAL PROJECT COST; (C) UTILIZATION OF CONCRETE CONTAINING RECYCLED AGGREGATES, AND THE UTILIZATION RATE FOR EACH YEAR AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION; (D) DISCUSSION OF PROJECTS WHERE RECYCLED MATERIAL WAS CONSIDERED BUT NOT USED WHICH SHALL BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN EXPLANATION OF THE RATIONALE FOR NON-USE; (E) EXISTING OR POTENTIAL IMPEDIMENTS TO THE MAXIMUM UTILIZATION OF RECYCLED CONCRETE AGGREGATE; (F) RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER AS TO FUTURE ACTIONS THAT COULD BE TAKEN BY THE DEPARTMENT, THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE TO FACILITATE THE USE OF RECYCLED CONCRETE AGGREGATE IN DEPARTMENT PROJECTS; AND (G) ANALYSIS OF CURRENT AND POTENTIAL USE OF RECYCLED CONCRETE AGGRE- GATE BY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, REGIONAL AND STATEWIDE AUTHORITIES GOVERNING THE CONSTRUCTION OR IMPROVEMENT OF HIGHWAYS OR BRIDGES, INCLUDING: (I) PROJECT ANNUAL DEMAND; AND (II) KNOWN OR ANTICIPATED IMPEDIMENTS TO THE MAXIMUM USE OF RECYCLED CONCRETE AGGREGATE BY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, REGIONAL AND STATEWIDE AUTHORI- TIES. S 2. This act shall take effect one hundred eighty days after it shall have become a law.

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