California’s ceramic tile ‘spacers’ get new life after drought

SANTA CLARA, Calif.

— California’s ceramic tiles are back in the spotlight after years of neglect.

The California Department of Transportation says the tiles will be resurfaced and made reusable for the next 10 years.

The state says it will pay $3 million to a private company to install and maintain the tiles.

The tiles were installed in a parking lot in Santa Clara County in 2012 after an employee of the county government called the Department of Energy to say the county needed more than 50 of them to provide energy-efficient heating.

The tiles have been in the county since the early 1990s and were designed to withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters, but some were damaged by flooding, landslides and other problems.

After the tiles were replaced in 2016, the department decided to replace them with a new set of ceramic tiles that can withstand a 3.6 magnitude earthquake.

The tile resurfaced in 2018 and the Department says it has been installed in parking lots, parking lots of other local governments and schools.

The agency says that the county’s $6.5 million purchase of the ceramic tiles was approved by the state’s Board of Supervisors and will cost the county about $8 million to install.