Caltrans District 4
Harry Y. Yahata, District Director

MEDIA ADVISORY
January 22, 2001
CONTACT:
Lauren E. Wonder, 408/232-0228
Colin P. Jones, 510/286-5776

Media Event

June 25, 2001
1:30 – 2:00 PM
880/Dixon Landing Rd interchange
Groundbreaking for new on-ramp using tire shreds as fill

 

TIRE SHREDS PROVIDE "CHEWY CENTER" TO NEW ON-RAMP

First-time Innovation in California

Milpitas—State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Director Jeff Morales will announce an innovative pilot project that will use nearly one million waste tires in just 700 feet of a new freeway on-ramp at a groundbreaking Monday, June 25, 2001 at the Dixon Landing Road interchange. The ceremony will begin at 1:30.

In partnership with the California Integrated Waste Management Board, Caltrans decided to use tire shreds as alternative lightweight fill at the Dixon Landing Road Interchange Improvement Project. The 8,598 tons of tire shreds will be wrapped in earth-friendly fabric and surrounded by dirt to create the embankment for the new southbound on-ramp to Interstate 880 from Dixon Landing Road.

This is the first time in California that tire shreds have been used in a road project like this. Caltrans also paves roads with rubberized asphalt concrete, helping to divert some of the state’s 33 million waste tires.

Director Morales, Chair Moulton-Patterson and University of Maine Professor Dana Humphrey will talk about multiple uses of innovative materials such as waste tires. Tours to the mounds of tire shreds are available for visuals and reporting backdrops after the ceremony.

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Directions

From the west, north and east:

880 southbound to San Jose. 237 west to Mountain View but exit immediately to McCarthy Blvd. Right at the traffic light and go two miles north. Right into the construction site just south of Dixon Landing Rd. Entrance to the site will be marked.

From the south:

880 northbound to Oakland. 237 exit, turn left at the traffic light. Ranch Dr/McCarthy Blvd exit, turn left at the traffic light. Two miles north. Right into the construction site just south of Dixon Landing Rd. Entrance to the site will be marked.