Photo: Department of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, CBC Canada

Unpaved P.E.I. roads will now be made with tire chips in a Canadian province, Prince Edward Island – this step will result in drainage that could prevent roads from covering with dirt during rainy weather.

Approximately a decade ago, a similar initiative was implemented on the island – chipped tires were used on roads. However, it was quite unsuccessful, as the tire chunks were over 20 centimeters long and they failed to be effective in addressing the problem, revealed chief engineer for the Department of Transportation, Stephen Yeo.

The project is expected to be more successful than its predecessors, as five centimeters pieces are planned to be used instead of the large shreds, he said.

His team will investigate the effectiveness of the new method – the bunch of processed tires will be positioned down and, after that, covered with sandstone. It is believed that, thanks to tires, it will take less time for roads to become dry again, as the water will be moved to the ditches.

According to Yeo, this procedure is capable of creating a decent drainage system in the actual roadbed, thus, the unnecessary liquid will be removed. If the experiment is successful, the new useful game-changing method of using recycled tires will be introduced, he added.

The proposed technology may be incorporated on several roads each year once it is proved that the method has beneficial properties. If it works, the tires may substitute pricey gravel and less tires may end up being dumped.

The project has been endorsed by The Department of Environment.

Article by CBC Canada