Ames, Iowa, Installs Rubber Sidewalks

Kegs delivered to Iowa State bars were ruining sidewalk concrete.

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The city of Ames has installed rubber sidewalks in the Campustown neighborhood, just south of Iowa State University, to address the area's keg problem, the Ames Tribune reports. More specifically, the shock-absorbent shredded recycled tires will soften the blow of hundreds of 140-pound kegs plummeting to the ground. Turns out all that alcohol being delivered to nearby restaurants was not only making students extremely happy but also cracking and ruining the sidewalks.