The home owners of Arizona are taking out a $2 million bill to get the state to install fiberboard insulation on its roads and sidewalks.
“I’ve never seen fiberboard before, but I’m going to install it.
It will save me money, I promise you,” resident Mary Beth Williams said, as she looked at the bill in front of her home on a recent Tuesday morning.”
We’re going to pay for it with our property taxes,” she added, before the bill passed.
Williams, who has lived in the area for 25 years, said she’s concerned about how long it will take for the state’s roads to be insulated.
“The problem is that the people who own our roads, they don’t know what to do,” she said.
“They don’t understand how the roads are supposed to be secured, and I don’t think they have the knowledge.”
Williams said she has been driving on the Arizona State University campus for the past three years, and said she hopes the bill will convince the state of the utility’s need for fiberboard.
“It’s not just a safety measure,” she explained.
“It’s also a cost control measure, so if you can save a couple hundred dollars a year, you could save hundreds of thousands of dollars in maintenance costs.”
Williams is one of several residents who say they’ve been driving through the area to cut their carbon footprint, which is a measure of how much carbon emissions they’ve cut in order to stay within their energy goals.
She said the insulation will help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that travels through the air.
“When you cut the fiberboard out, it stops the pollution that’s going on and also reduces the amount that gets into the atmosphere,” Williams said.
Arizona’s highway and transportation secretary, James C. Davis, said the state is committed to cutting emissions on its highways and highways, and is seeking to install some 10,000 miles of fiberboard to replace the existing board.
“In the near term, we will replace fiberboard on state highways and we will install fiberboarding on some of our state roads, including Arizona’s, to make sure we are reducing emissions,” Davis said.
He said the plan will also involve installing new lighting and other infrastructure.
“Arizona is in the midst of a massive investment in its infrastructure and it will not be a quick process,” he said.
The bill is part of a $200 million transportation plan being developed by Davis and the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The Arizona Transportation Institute, a non-profit organization that promotes a cleaner, greener state, has estimated that the state could cut its greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 30 percent over the next 25 years if it implemented all of the state plan’s emissions reduction initiatives.