Feasibility of Utilizing Shredded Tires in Roadside Ditches

This study was undertaken to examine the feasibility of utilizing shredded tires in hazardous roadside ditches. The concept behind this examination is primarily twofold. First, Louisiana has many miles of rural two lane highway with little or no shoulder which are immediately adjoined by large/deep drainage ditches. Many severe and fatal accidents have occurred when a vehicle leaves the roadway and impacts the side of the ditch or an associated culvert. Filling the ditch with a porous material, such as shredded tires, may prove to benefit highway safety. The second reason behind this study is that this potential application could contribute to the reuse or consumption of a waste material that is becoming an environmental problem when stockpiled or normally disposed of or discarded. It is the author's opinion that this concept is feasible if utilized under carefully controlled conditions.

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    Louisiana Transportation Research Center

    Louisiana State University, 4101 Gourrier Avenue
    Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70808

    Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

    1201 Capitol Access Road, P.O. Box 94245
    Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70804-9245

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Cumbaa, Steven L
  • Publication Date: 1994-9


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 38p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01100264
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/LA-94/286
  • Contract Numbers: LTRC No. 92-2SS(B)
  • Created Date: Jun 2 2008 1:55PM