Use of tire bales for erosion control projects in New Mexico

Paola Bandini, Adrian T. Hanson, Filiberto P. Castorena, Saheem Ahmed

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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. Copyright ASCE 2008.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of Sessions of GeoCongress 2008 - GeoCongress 2008
Subtitle of host publicationCharacterization, Monitoring, and Modeling of GeoSystems, GSP 179
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2008
EventGeoCongress 2008: Characterization, Monitoring, and Modeling of GeoSystems - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: Mar 9 2008Mar 12 2008

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


OtherGeoCongress 2008: Characterization, Monitoring, and Modeling of GeoSystems
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans, LA


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