American Society of Civil Engineers


Use of Tire Bales for Erosion Control Projects in New Mexico


by Paola Bandini, (Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Department, New Mexico State University, Box 30001, MSC 3CE, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001 E-mail: paola@nmsu.edu), Adrian T. Hanson, (Professor, Civil Engineering Department, New Mexico State University, Box 30001, MSC 3CE, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001 E-mail: athanson@nmsu.edu), Filiberto P. Castorena, (Technical Support Engineer, New Mexico Department of Transportation, 2912 E. Pine, Deming, NM 88030 E-mail: Filiberto.Castorena@state.nm.us), and Saheem Ahmed, (Graduate Assistant, Civil Engineering Department, New Mexico State University, Box 30001, MSC 3CE, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001 E-mail: saheem@nmsu.edu)

pp. 638-645, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/40972(311)80)

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: GeoCongress 2008: Characterization, Monitoring, and Modeling of GeoSystems
Abstract: The use of tire bales in civil engineering and transportation projects is receiving growing attention because of its potential to safely and economically dispose a large number of scrap tires. In recent years, tire bales have been successfully used as fill material in several erosion control and bank reconstruction projects in New Mexico. This paper describes two tire bale projects conceived and constructed by technical support engineers and maintenance crews of District 1 of the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT). In these projects, 160 to 610 tire bales (approximately 16,000 to 61,000 scrap tires) were used. The materials and construction details adopted in these projects and the standard practice resulting from the experience of NMDOT District 1 personnel are described. Some construction considerations in these projects include anchoring the bales to the ground, wrapping the layers of bales with gabion wire, and backfilling.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Erosion
New Mexico
Tire recycling