Field Study of a Shredded-tire Embankment

Report No: 94-IR1

Published in 1994

About the report:

This report presents interim data from the ongoing field study of an experimental shredded-tire embankment constructed near Williamsburg, Virginia. Approximately 1.7 million tires were used. This constitutes the largest reported use to date of waste tires in a structural fill in the United States. The aim of this study is to conduct a comparative performance analysis of conventional and shredded-tire embankments. The results to date indicate that the settlement of a shredded-tire embankment significantly exceeds that of a soil embankment. After construction, expansion of the shredded-tirefill was also observed.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.

Last updated: December 23, 2023

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