Tuttle Creek Dam of Rolled Shale and Dredged Sand

by K. S. Lane,
R. G. Fehrman,

Serial Information: Journal of the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division, 1960, Vol. 86, Issue 6, Pg. 11-34

Document Type: Journal Paper


To fit available materials, the design of Tuttle Creek Dam in central Kansas includes major volumes of shale-limestone constructed as a rolled fill, and of sand deposited by dredging directly into place two types of fill not commonly employed in present-day earth dam construction. The reasons for choosing this design are explained, together with experiences learned during construction. The paper covers primarily the earthwork and foundation aspects of the project, of which the other more unusual features are closure in the wet and handling an area of weak clay foundation partly by excavation and partly by exceptionally wide berms.

Subject Headings: Dredged materials | Rivers and streams | Earthfill dams | Shale | Dredging | Sandy soils | Construction materials | Dam foundations | Kansas | United States

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